EPISD approves open enrollment to attract students, funding

EPISD approves open enrollment to attract students, funding

POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:32pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:19am

The El Paso Independent School District is opening up enrollment at all of its campuses in an effort to lure students from other districts.

The plan could also usher in more funding for the cash-strapped district, currently facing a $17 million budget shortfall.

The proposal was approved at Tuesday's Board of Managers meeting at EPISD headquarters.

Beginning this summer, parents from all over the city will have the opportunity to enroll their students at any EPISD school of their choosing without having to pay out-of-district tuition.

Whether the student gets in to that campus will depend on capacity levels, district officials said.

EPISD Chief of Staff Dr. Tom Miller couldn't say how many new students the move is estimated to attract. But Miller said some of the district's teachers might be the first in line to take advantage of the change.

"Traditionally, a lot (educators) want their children to attend school at the school they're working at, or at a school in the same feeder area," he said.

When asked whether he believed the problems associated with EPISD's former administration might put off some, Miller said he is hopeful El Pasoans are ready to move forward.

"I think with a new administration, with (Superintendent) Cabrera and the things he's been doing, that's all going to be in the past."

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