POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 4:38pm
El Paso, TX — EPISD is giving the community the opportunity to speak up and help shape its future, with scheduled meetings for the next couple weeks.
It's all part of the ongoing search for a new superintendent. EPISD hired a company to listen to the community, especially parents, about what they want in a new leader. this all comes a day before tomorrow's regularly scheduled school board meeting.
News Channel 9 sat down with City Representative Susie Byrd who is scheduled to speak at tomorrow's meeting. Byrd has been very outspoken about her feelings towards the EPISD school board. In fact, she is leading a community political action group to rally and collect signatures to present to the board tomorrow.
She says the purpose of all of this is to fix the broken district and ask the school district to identify anyone else linked to the cheating schemes that put former superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia in jail. Byrd and the members of "Kids First! Reform EPISD" will stage a rally during the school board meeting. Byrd and State Representative Marissa Marques will then address the school board during public forum along with students and parents.
As for tonight's community superintendent search, Byrd says its been done before and proved to be unsuccessful.
"You know what they did that same thing when they hired Dr.Garcia, um so you know we know what the results of that is. i think that there are some systemic issues within the organization that have led to the failure and lack of accountability for teachers and administrators that have chosen to cheat," said Byrd.
She says during tomorrow's rally, the petition and her speech will all be aimed at one thing: to ask the current board members up for re-election not to run and for the ones that have more time on their term, to step down.
Each high school in the district's feeder pattern will host a community superintendent search meeting. Below are the scheduled meetings:
Monday, October 22, 2012
Burges High School, gymnasium – 6 p.m.
Chapin High School, theater – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Franklin High School, theater - 6 p.m.
Jefferson High School, Silva Health Magnet’s auditorium – 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Bowie High School, cafeteria – 6 p.m.
Irvin High School, cafeteria – 6 p.m.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Andress High School, cafeteria – 6 p.m.
El Paso High School, cafeteria – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Coronado High School, fine arts auditorium – 6 p.m.
Austin High School, small gym – 6 p.m.