Group Takes Aim at EPISD Reform


POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6:25pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6:26pm

EL PASO - Outrage over former El Paso Independent School District superintendent Lorenzo Garcia's corrupt dealings has boiled over to the point that an organization has formed to reform the district.

The group, called "Kids First", is made up of parents and community leaders demanding change at the district level through a petition and town hall meetings.

Among the organizers are former State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh and City Council Representative Susie Byrd.

Byrd sat down with NewsChannel 9 this evening to talk about some of the groups major demands of the district.

To see the petition and the group's demands, click here.

A district spokeswoman sent this statement in response to the group's formation.

"The EPISD administration and Board of Trustees welcome the input of the community. We all want our students to receive a quality education. We understand that as the largest school district in El Paso, we need to work together to ensure the future success of our District," said Renee DeSantos, communications specialist.

"We are committed to moving forward, and have already implemented changes to make certain that the actions of the past do not taint our future.  Policy revisions regarding purchasing, hiring, and transfer student placements have already been implemented. The Board has also taken steps to clarify the internal audit process," she said.

"Additionally, we are working to identify any former students who did not complete their high school education.  Each and every student is important to us and we want to reach out and provide an opportunity for all students to earn their high school diploma," she said.

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