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Dozens of EPISD Principals Ask For Community Support

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:49pm

Thirty-two El Paso ISD principals want to distance themselves from what they call “the epic failure” of The Lorenzo Garcia years. They've signed an open letter, apology of sorts, to get their message out to the community.

The first sentence of the letter said, "For the past year, we have lived and worked under the shame and embarrassment brought upon our beloved school district by the criminal and dishonest actions of one man."

That man is former superintendent Lorenzo Garcia. He recently pled guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from taxpayers and lying about student test scores, making them better than they really were, to get more money from the government.

But that's not the focus of the letter.

"We're wanting to focus on the positive and exciting things that are happening each and every campus," said Western Hills Elementary School Principal Nancy Tovar.

The letter goes on to call the district "a home on fire."

It said, "We challenge all members of our community to take up a fire hose or shovel and help put out the fire."

"We want to primarily reassure the parents and students at our schools that our focus has been and always will be on establishing a positive and successful experience for our students," said Tovar.

Newschannel 9 talked to the district's spokesperson who said “It appears that the intent of the letter is to reassure parents and the community that the focus in EPISD continues to be on students and academic success."

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