Name that school

April 3, 2019

EPISD is taking school name nominations for the new northeast middle school.

From their web site:

Applications will be accepted from to March 28 to April 18. Applicants must use the school name nomination form and submit it via email to episdbond@episd.org with the subject line “Nomination for New Northeast Middle School.” Additional documentation may be submitted along with the form.

Be certain to spell each word in the subject line correctly.  Capitalization is evidently important too.

The form is available here 

I was thinking of Deferred Maintenance as the name.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


Training your boss

March 31, 2019

Max Higgs made a comment on Facebook that I believe deserves promotion:

It seems there is a need for a more balanced training for new school board members. Candidates for school boards have aspirations and ideas for changes to improve their schools, but they attend training programs and listen to lawyers which present an educationalist point of view. There is little prospect for change when would be change agents are indoctrinated in the mind set which has created the problems in public education.

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We deserve better

Brutus


True and correct

March 26, 2019

All of our candidates for public office must fill out and sign this portion of their application to be placed on the ballot:

There are a few  places in Texas law where making a false statement on the ballot application is a violation of a law.

Generally violations are a class A misdemeanor.

The penalty?  A fine of up to $4,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year in a county jail.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


EPISD–“Partnership Charters”

March 24, 2019

EPISD is having a special board of trustees meeting Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at noon.  Having the meetings at noon makes it very difficult for a working parent or teacher to attend the meeting.

The number one item on the agenda:

Discuss and Take Appropriate Action on Board Policy ELA (Local): Campus or Program Charters, Partnership Charters
(To adopt Board Policy ELA [Local] to allow the District to authorize partnerships with eligible entities/organizations to provide innovative schooling options for students)

Some of our readers can probably predict what they are up to.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD–changing the game

March 20, 2019

The EPISD board of trustees is having a board workshop on Monday, March 25, 2019.

The purpose of the workshop?

(To discuss Board Policy ELA [Local] which would allow the District to authorize partnerships with eligible entities/organizations to provide innovative schooling options for students)

Here is their proposed definition of a partnership:

A PARTNERSHIP MEANS A DISTRICT-AUTHORIZED CAMPUS CHARTER ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW
IN WHICH THE BOARD CONTRACTS TO OPERATE A DISTRICT CAMPUS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AN OTHER ELIGIBLE ENTITY AS
DEFINED BY LAW.

They do propose to limit who they can partner up with:

THE DISTRICT SHALL PARTNER WITH  NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  THE DISTRICT SHALL NOT CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS.

This is a game changer.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD–please learn to follow the rules

March 18, 2019

Does the EPISD board of trustees do anything right?

The snippet below is taken from the bottom of a recent application to be placed on the election ballot for a district representative:

Notice that the bottom portion is “TO BE COMPLETED BY CITY SECRETARY OR SECRETARY OF THE BOARD”.

Who is the secretary of the board?  From the latest board meeting minutes that they have gotten around to publishing:

Ms. Carrasco is neither the city secretary nor the secretary of the board of trustees.

Do these people even know that there are laws controlling what they do and how they do it?

In this case Texas Election code 144.004.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD–Hiding their plans

March 15, 2019

We have predicted several times that EPISD will have to raise their interest and sinking fund tax rate next year in order to pay for the bonds that the voters approved.

When the voters approved the “penny swap” in the last election they took ten cents per hundred off of the interest and sinking fund tax rate and switched it to the operations and maintenance tax rate.

That moved the operations and maintenance rate to the highest allowed by the state.  They cannot increase it without the state legislature changing the law.  That maximum is $1.17 per hundred dollars of valuation.

It also shrank the amount collected for bond repayment below the amount needed with our current debt.  We wrote about this in EPISD–will they get caught?

On the March 7, 2019 special board meeting agenda item 1.c was listed as “2019-2020 Debt Service Fund Projections“.

We’ve been waiting for this so we clicked on the link for the backup material that would explain what they are thinking of doing.

This is what we got:

They don’t want us to know, especially before the May elections.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


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