Superintendent Garcia's Benefits
POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 9:23pm
In a gloomy economy, the El Paso School District is being forced to make tough decisions on cutting jobs and school programs.
With millions of dollars at risk of being lost, every last cent counts.
Some in the Legislature and pubic are questioning the salaries and benefits of school district administrators.
According to figures reported by the Texas Tribune, a non-profit government watch dog, EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is receiving benefits that you might view as excessive.
Since 2007, Dr. Garcia has received $2,000 a month for in-district travel.
Dr. Garcia receives the highest monthly communications allowance of the top ten largest districts in Texas.
That's $1,000 per month to help pay for his cell phone, home internet and other communications related expenses.
He has a $1 million life insurance policy, and the district pays the premiums.
He's the only Texas top ten superintendent with a perk like that.
On top of everything, he gets an $18,000 bonus for reaching one or more of the board's goals, based on student TAKS test performance.
We spoke with some members of EPISD's board today. Trustee Alfredo Borrego says the superintendent's perks may wind up on the chopping block.
"We've got to make budget cuts on the superintendent's contract and cut back on discretionary funds," Borrego said.
Other trustees are noncommittal.
"The district needs to closely review all expenses of district to ensure that maximum funding is provided towards direct instruction of the students in the district," Isela Castañon-Williams said.
So what does Superintendent Garcia have to say about all this?
We don't know.
We asked for his response starting at 10 a.m. and have yet to hear back.
NewsChannel 9 will continue to follow this story and keep you posted.