EPISD administrators on paid leave ahead of audit on contracted services discussion


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Two El Paso Independent School District administrators are on paid administrative leave ahead of an audit over contracted academic services.

School board trustees held a special meeting on Wednesday night to direct the district’s chief auditor to conduct a “procedures project” to address concerns prompted by the unpublished audit.

The audit is expected to be released later this month and EPISD officials say they cannot comment on personnel matters.

District officials confirmed Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, the district’s operations director and Tamekia Brown, the chief academic officer are on leave with pay.

It is not clear what the audit will cover and what the district’s auditor is reviewing.

The school board retreated immediately into executive session, out of public view, to discuss the impending audit. Today’s special meeting called for consultation with legal counsel over legal issues relating to the unfinished audit.

On Tuesday, the school district approved a 1 percent salary increase from midpoint for eligible employees. They also approved a $2,000 Employee Retention Stipend with the salary increases.

The school board also approved a $512.8 million budget for fiscal year 2022.

This story will be updated.

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