Sharing recreation facilities

April 21, 2020

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

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


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


Superintendent of the year?

March 19, 2020

This has not happened yet but it appears that EPISD staff thinks very highly of their superintendent:

We deserve better


Evidently it isn’t bribery if the government does it

March 17, 2020

This may turn out to be good news for teachers at EPISD.

This recommendation is part of a budget presentation to be made at the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Board of Trustees budget workshop meeting”

It is recommended that the Board of Trustees approve the proposed End ­of Year Employee Stipend in the amount of $3,537,726.00 to
eligible employees at the end of the Spring Semester for the 2019-­2020 school year, as presented.


I don’t begrudge the teachers the money.

Unfortunately as part of the district’s effort to get voter approval of $668 million in bonds the district promised the teachers two bribes, a 750 dollar bonus last year and a 500 dollar bonus this year.

The district needed the votes of the teachers.

We deserve better


Public charter school attendance effect on local school district revenue

March 16, 2020

There have been some comments about how public charter schools take money from our local independent school districts.

In fact they do.

If we look at EPISD this year they will get about 560 million dollars in funding.  Roughly 379 million will come from state and federal funding.  Another 182 million will come from local property taxes.  About 32.5 percent of the district’s funding comes from local property taxes.

If a child leaves EPISD and goes to a public charter school the district loses their state and federal funding for that child.

However it keeps the local property taxes.

While the district loses about 66% of their total funding for that child they get to keep the 32.5% that comes from local property taxes.

Since the child no longer attends the district this is free money and actually helps pay for things that the remaining children in the district get.

We deserve better



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