EPISD–bond advisory committee meetings

March 16, 2018

It looks like there is going to be another dust-up at the next meeting of the EPISD board.

There is one item on the Wednesday, March 21, 2018 meeting agenda:

Board Members’ Attendance at Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee Meeting

Are they going to discuss requiring the board members to attend the advisory committee meetings?

Or are they going to try to keep the board members from attending the meetings?

Either way the district is going to look bad.

We deserve better


EPISD–algebra scores

March 14, 2018

The chart below shows how students at various local high schools did on their state algebra tests last year:

An explanation of the Approaches and Masters columns:

Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course
with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to
apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course
with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think
critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.


The EPISD students scored far below the YISD and SISD students.

Is it the students?  Is it the teachers?  Is it the way teaching the subject is administered?

Something is dreadfully wrong here.

We deserve better



The tax poem

March 10, 2018

This was sent in recently.  We don’t know who the author is.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

We deserve better


Andress bond problems

March 4, 2018

It looks like the Andress High School portion of the bond project is in trouble.

The last paragraph talks about the buildings being in a flood plain.

When did the district learn this?

We deserve better


EPISD–taking sides

February 27, 2018

The EPISD board member that now tells us she is the campaign treasurer for our former county judge’s congressional campaign might be set to take a fall from grace.

The people at the district that are aligned with her might be in for trouble also.

The board member in question was recently a city representative.  After she joined the EPISD board the district ended up hiring the former chief financial officer, the former city engineer, and the former deputy directory of planning from the city of El Paso.

During a recent school board meeting she publicly requested the superintendent’s resignation.

Her opponents are the superintendent and apparently the rest of the board.

The superintendent would be a fool to knowingly have disloyal people on his staff.

We deserve better


School Boards

February 26, 2018

In the first place, God made idiots.

That was for practice.

Then he made school boards.

Mark Twain

EPISD–fighting the wrong battle

February 19, 2018

It looks like the political situation over at the EPISD board is getting pretty bad.

Recently two board members requested board action to cause an audit of the activities of a third.

The one they want to audit is aligned with our former county judge who is now running for congress and is against the current superintendent and the former board president (who is also running for congress).

I don’t see how the board has the power to order an audit (investigation) into one of its members.  They can certainly ask to have an audit performed relating to actions performed or not performed by district staff, but auditing an elected board member  is beyond their powers as far as I can tell.

It is unfortunate that many of our elected officials are so completely ignorant of the law.

We deserve better


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