Less is more at EPISD

The El Paso Independent School District has been losing hundreds of students each year recently.

Their proposed budget for next year shows a drop in average daily attendance from 50,393 students per day in 2019-20 to 48,666 students in attendance per day in 2020-21.

That is a drop of 1,721 students in attendance each day.

Yet we don’t see the district’s budget getting smaller.

We deserve better


11 Responses to Less is more at EPISD

  1. Big Picture says:

    Component for cars get cheaper, then car prices go up. The price of materials for houses get cheaper, then the cost of houses go up. The cost to make drugs goes down, yet the cost of drugs go up. Providence Hospital charges me more for an MRI even though that machine has been there for 25 years and was paid off long ago.


  2. Anon says:

    A glass of iced tea used to cost 50 cents. Now, it is $2.50 or more at some places. The cost to make the tea has not gone up 500%, the amount of tea is still the same…yet, I pay 5 times what I was paying just a few years ago. Wages are pretty much stuck in the 1970’s at most restaurants.

    We deserve better.


    • Finance 101 says:

      I remember when Coca-Cola went from a nickel to six cents and the old lift top coolers had to be modified to accept the extra penny.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Duh. They have built a monster and it needs to be fed.

    With all the whining and crying about teacher wages, compare them to other industries and adjust for the 13 weeks per year that they are compensated for but do not have to work. They basically have a shorter work year but make more than many other professional industries, much more when benefits are considered. But they constantly cry about being underpaid, while simultaneously opposing any measure of performance whatsoever.

    Now, with declining student populations, they still want more money, and will throw tantrums to get it. They won’t be reducing their pay, they will be demanding more. This is nothing new, so I am surprised that the issue seems to come up so often here without any acknowledgement of the real issue: lack of performance by the public school system. They literally reward failure.


    • Dan Wever says:

      Anonymous says,
      Why is it that in one post you correctly admit that the pay the teachers get for the 13 weeks, you say they do not have to work, is money they have already earned but they choose to spread the payments out over 12 months and in the next breath or post you state”adjust for the 13 weeks per year that they are compensated for but do not have to work.”
      There is, of course, a difference but of course, that does not matter to you as your goal is just to bad mouth public education regardless of whether or not any of your blab is valid. 🙂


  4. Ticked off taxpayer says:

    Actually servers eligible for maximum tip credit wages make 13 cents an hour more than they did in the 70s, but utilities, rents, insurance, regulatory compliance costs and taxes are much higher and the minimum wage for workers not eligible for tip credit is $4.75 an hour higher than it was in the mid-70s. All that said, with tips, I was making $10 a hour as a waitress at a donut shop during my college years in the 70s.


  5. anonymous says:

    If you had access to all the historical data, you would see that staffing levels, administrative salaries, and overhead costs at the central office has risen dramatically in recent years. You need look no further than Cabrera’s compensation package and perks. You also now have outside law firms, consultants, and technology vendors that were not in the mix years ago.


  6. Woody says:

    They should merge EPISD and YISD to reduce costs since both districts are losing students.


    • Dan Wever says:

      Woody, what you propose is not likely to happen in either your or my lifetime. By law when school districts merge the largest one has complete control of the merger. That would mean that the EPISD would control everything that happens and the folks at Ysleta are not going to go for that, so forget the merger, it won’t happen.


    • Finance 101 says:

      And the city and county governments should be consolidated.


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