Teacher Reacts to EPISD Scandal
POSTED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 4:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 7:05pm
EL PASO- EPISD is moving forward without Superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia. Last night the board of trustees placed him on leave until after his corruption charges are settled.
Now one teacher is hoping the district can move on. Jerome Tilghman teaches social studies in middle school. He says the board of trustees made the right decision to place Dr. Lorenzo Garcia on non-salaried leave.
“This no matter how it turns out is certainly a punch in the gut that we have to recover from. The question is can the district take the punch and then get back up answer the bell, get back in the classroom and do those things we are chartered and challenged to do,” says Tilghman.
To help stabilize the school year ahead, the board of trustees moved the district's chief of staff to serve as interim superintendent.
“Terry Jordan has got a great responsibility in front to her to keep the ship afloat,” says Tilghman.
The ship is now sailing as the FBI continues its effort to root out corruption.
“This, I believe, is tethered to something else. Something preceded this and this is just an extension of those investigations and I do believe that the dominoes will continue to fall,” says Tilghman.
In fact, many of those FBI investigations have focused on the EPISD board. Five years ago, several board members and local politicians faced corruption charges.
“I thought that with the acquittal of Regina Arditti, who was one of our local judges, that we had begun to climb out of this abyss of being a corrupt city and not being able to trust our public officials,” says Tilghman.
We called EPISD to ask what happens now to Dr. Garcia’s $300,000 salary - no call back yet. Tilghman hopes the board will use it to help the districts money problems.