EPISD Makes Leadership Arrangements, Federation of Teachers Reacts to Arrest

POSTED: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 4:18pm

EL PASO- EPISD Superintendent pleaded not guilty today to charges of mail fraud and embezzlement. The President of the El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel told NewsChannel 9 what EPISD plans for the future.

The severity of the allegations against Garcia has many people shocked, including the president of the El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel.

“I started receiving phone calls, ‘have you heard, have you heard'," says Lucy Clarke.

Lucy Clarke is the president of the El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel. Since the arrest of EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia, she says she's been getting flooded with phone calls from worried teachers.

“When there isn't someone at the top, at the helm, there's always a feeling of insecurity,” says Clarke.

And Clarke admits she, too, is in shock.

“They are serious charges,” says Clarke.

The charges are one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and one count of aiding and abetting theft from programs receiving federal funds. These allegations come at a crucial time for the district, back-to-school season. Clarke says she's confident, though, that when teachers report to their schools August 16th, they'll focus on the task at hand.

“They'll find that their schools are in let's get to work mode, and they will do that,” says Clarke.

In the meantime, Chief of Staff and second-in-command, Dr. Terri Jordan will be in charge.
EPISD's website shows Jordan took over that role a year ago, but she's been with the district since 1986, working as a teacher, principal, and most recently, Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools.

“She knows everything that needs to be done. I have no doubt that she will get it done,” says Clarke.

So even with a superintendent under indictment, Clarke says parents do not need to panic, as long as the problems don't come close to the classroom.

“Teachers and school employees have become the scapegoat for problems in education and we have such dedicated teachers,” says Clarke.

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So our Superintendent is planning to go to work today, and do we believe he is capable of making decisions for our students? He spent a night in jail, has serious charges, and still has a job!! Wow!! There a many teachers that are still looking for a job and our Superintendent spent a night in jail and is still has a highly qualified position in EPISD!! There is something wrong with this picture!!
I believe the Board of Trustees need to question if Dr. Garcia should return to work.

I do believe innocent until proven guilty, but our district needs highly qualified staff members on the Board of Trustees to make decisions for our upcoming school year!! At this moment, Dr. Garcia needs to focus on his serious charges and take control of his life before returning to work!!

why dont you run...the board is doing their very best so dont judge them

I am not judging the board I am on their side! The board is getting ready to open up their schools in least than two weeks and they need to be focused and ready for their teachers! I believe that our court system will work hard to prove if Dr. Garcia is innocent or guilty and our district will be able to move forward and provide the quality education for our students. Therefore, I truly believe Dr. Garcia needs to focus on his charges before he returns to work.

Let's not forget that you are innocent until proven guilty. Let's hope and pray that the FBI makes a good thorough investigation and doesn't make the same mistake they made like in the BOOMERANG BANK ROBBER case 2 years ago.

kinda a about face, when Clarke was kissing Garcias behind and protecting him and his shortcomings. Politics, and A__ __ kissing as usual, in the El Paso Mode.

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