How Are Education Cuts Affecting Other Districts?


POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 9:06am

EL PASO - EPISD isn't the only district hurting right now. Socorro ISD's deficit looks like about $22 million and Ysleta ISD needs to trim about $7 million.

"We are not, at present, considering any reduction in force," said Xavier de la Torre, the superintendent of Socorro ISD. He says while no one will get a pink slip yet, they still have to find millions to cut.

"The board could, if they chose, increase that tax rate by almost 5 cents without voter approval," he said.

That tax increase would generate about $14 million.

"We could adjust some class sizes and class size ratios at our secondary schools."

One of the ways Socorro budget cuts will benefit is if you're a teacher and your computer breaks down, rather than having one on site who can fix it right away, you're going to have call headquarters, so they can send a technician out.

While YISD still has cuts to make, theirs might not be so deep - about $4 to $7 million. They've already saved some money through attrition turning the air off at night and training teachers in the summer instead of the middle of the school year. Another reason they're in a good spot?

"Probably because of our tax rate and of course we had a rollback election," said YISD superintendent Michael Zolkoski That election raised the property tax rate by 17 cents, generating an extra $36 million.

Still, dozens of positions go unfilled and overtime is rarely approved.

"Everyone's going to be hit, all the school districts in Texas will be hit," he said.

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