Less is more at EPISD

May 14, 2020

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

Brutus


Trust us

May 11, 2020

EPISD is preparing to sock it to us in the next tax year.

Their tax rate for interest and principal payments (I&S)  on debt was 24 cents per hundred dollars of valuation for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

They then asked the voters to move 10 cents of that over to their maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2018-19 year while promising to keep their total rate the same.  The voters agreed.  The district kept their promise that year and left taxes flat.

Then for 2019-20 they raised the I&S rate to 20 cents per hundred.

Now for 2020-21 they are proposing an I&S rate of 26 cents per hundred.

So much for trust.

We deserve better

Brutus


What do the workers think?

May 5, 2020

This came from a recent Forbes article:

A recent Harvard Business Review article offering leadership advice to CEOs and executives recommended, “If you are doing cutbacks to save job losses, you must lead by example and do cutbacks that impact your own day-to-day as well. If you don’t, there is a danger that your staff will feel like saps, doing sacrifices while the C-suite continues unaffected. Get a commitment for a pay cut from your senior leaders. As CEO, you should take the largest salary cut yourself.” This sounds so obvious, but it rarely—if ever—happens.

We deserve better

Brutus


Are clothes next?

April 29, 2020

When did it become our responsibility to feed our neighbor’s children?

The kids aren’t even in school.

EPISD is not unusual–it seems that all of our local school districts are doing this.

In the case of EPISD they are distributing 33,000 meals a day that are free to their students.

Yes the feral government is reimbursing them.

We all know who reimburses the feds.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD–time to pay up?

April 27, 2020

Here it comes:

It looks like EPISD will have to raise 11 million more dollars next year to service their debt.  That will still leave them 1.3 million dollars short.

Where will the money come from?

The chart tells you.  Local revenue is their  answer.  Doesn’t that mean property tax increases?

If so the penny swap was a trick.

We deserve better

Brutus


Sharing recreation facilities

April 21, 2020

This item was on the Tuesday, April 14, 2020  EPISD board of trustees agenda:

SUMMARY:
Administration is recommending an Interlocal Agreement with the City of El Paso for an existing ball field located at Washington Park (Hugo Meyer). The District would commit to improving a baseball field, improve/construct parking, and related facilities. The District will coordinate use with the City, but at a minimum will have exclusive use for baseball games and practices.

 

The District would be responsible for the design and construction.  Maintenance will be shared with the City, and each entity will provide general daily baseball field maintenance during their respective periods of use.  EPISD will be responsible for the baseball netting.  The City of El Paso will be responsible for the care of the turf, irrigation, fencing, lighting, and all structural baseball components.

 

The initial term would be for 30 years, with two 10-year automatic extensions.

Shared use

What they are talking about doing is sharing a city owned ball field with the school district.

This is better

Brutus


Why not standardize?

April 12, 2020

The city is about to sign a contract with an out of town architecture firm to design one of our new fire stations.

The initial contract will be for over $540 thousand dollars.

Why do we need to spend so much money designing a new fire station?  Don’t we have others that have recently been built?

State law does require that an architect be used on such buildings but couldn’t we have them start with plans from one we already have built?

The school districts are doing the same thing.  Why does each new school have to be of a different design from previous ones?

The city manager tells us that he is teaching city staff how to be less inefficient.  Isn’t this inefficient?

Couldn’t we save some money here?

We deserve better

Brutus


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