EPISD board makes important decisions at Tuesday night meeting

EPISD board makes important decisions at Tuesday night meeting

POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 3:07am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:00pm

The EPISD Board of Trustees ended the policy that requires students to have at least half an Algebra I credit to be considered sophomores. The policy is believed to have provided an avenue for former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia to orchestrate his scheme. 

Also at the meeting Tuesday, Board members discussed Weaver accounting firm – which has been tasked with finding a new Superintendent. The Board is speciafially concerned about additional fees the company charged EPISD for their auditing services. Trustee David Dodge said although the Board is satisfied with Weaver's work, they were unhappy about not being told by the firm ahead of time that the services were going to cost more than what was originally discussed. Dodge said he doesn't think Weaver demonstrated good business practices by charging more fees.

At the end of Tuesday night's meeting, the Board hired Jesus Teran as the new principal of Bowie High School, which has been the center of a widespread cheating scandal.

Teran has a Bachelor's degree in English and American Literature, and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from UTEP. He began working for EPISD in 1998 and is currently the principal at Wiggs Middle School.

The Board does not know when he will begin his new position at Bowie, but Board President Isela Castañon -Williams says all Board members agree he is the right fit for the job.  "The intent is always to find a principal that will work best with that community and with that school, and understanding that community's needs. We're very very excited about having Mr. Teran move into that position and he will receive a great deal of administrative support in his new capacity," she said.

The school board also named Laron Sharp as the new principal of Irvin High School, Christian P. James as principal of Delta Academy, and Rogelio Segovia as the new principal of Roberts Elementary.

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EPISD Trustee David Dodge gave another example of why they should resign. For him to say that the Weaver firm charged the district $200,000 more than what was originally agreed on, and then say that the School Board paid them anyway ($800,000 total sofar) is not only dumb, it is outrageous and shows how loose and incompetent they are as trustees of the education of our children and with our money.

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