EPISD central office costs

November 20, 2019

Take a look at what the EPISD central office costs have been:

The district is shrinking but the central office is not.

We deserve better


EPISD shrinking even faster

November 10, 2019

EPISD enrollment is evaporating.

According to their newest five year budget forecast the average daily attendance at the district is down 1,829 students this school year.

Have you heard anything about cutting back at the central office?

We deserve better


Please vote today

November 5, 2019

If you have not already voted please do so today.

This is the last day you can vote on the proposed bond issue.

My property taxes increased $800 dollars this year.

A large part of the quality of life bonds have yet to be sold.  When they are sold our taxes will go up further.

Those of us that live in the EPISD district are now paying more than $3.07 per hundred dollars of valuation in property taxes.

That’s three percent of your property’s value every year.

That puts us at the highest property tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States.

What the city is asking for is a blank check.

If they need new buildings the should figure out how much they will cost and then ask us for the money.

We deserve better


Declining birth rate

October 11, 2019

El Paso is seeing a declining birth rate like most of the nation.

The county hospital shows these numbers for their first ten months of operation each year:

2017  2,458 births

2018  2,311 births

2019  2,200 births

That’s a 10.5% drop in two years.

Yet we continue to build new schools.

We deserve better



EPISD still losing students

October 2, 2019

Unfortunately EPISD’s enrollment problems continue.

We’ve written before about them losing students every year.  EPISD getting smaller faster gave a recap of where they were in the 2018-2019 school year.

The first six weeks numbers are out for this year.

On August 27, 2018 they showed an enrollment of 57,103.

As of September 13, 2019 they were at 55,434 students.

This continues their loss of about 1,600 students every year.

We deserve better



September 10, 2019

Dan Wever recently pointed out to us that P-Tech is coming to EPISD.

I’m finding it hard to figure out what this really is but I found this from the Texas Education Agency:

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) is an open-enrollment program that provides students with work-based education. P-TECH programs:

    • Provide students grade 9 through 12 the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses.
    • Within six years, enable students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training.
    • Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training programs.
    • Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.

Help wanted

We would appreciate input from any of our readers who are knowledgeable about the topic.

We deserve better



EPISD–initial enrollment numbers 2019

August 29, 2019

Things are not looking good at EPISD when considering enrollment numbers.

Last year in EPISD getting smaller faster we wrote about the district losing about  1,400 students between the 2017 and 2018 school years.

The district evidently tracks these numbers in two hour increments.

Here is the latest report:

As of August 27, 2018 the district showed enrollment of 57,103 students.

As of August 20, 2019 the district was showing 54,813.

We should expect the 2019 number to rise a bit but as of August 20 they are down 2,290 students.

I don’t know how much the state plans to pay the district for each student this year.  In past years it has been over $5,000 per student.

If they end up with a loss of 2,000 students and the state pays $5,000 each they will have a $10 million drop in revenue.

We deserve better


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