The El Paso Independent School District will see some major changes this spring. Interim Superintendent Vernon Butler revealed his plan to reorganize central office at Tuesday's school board meeting.
EPISD's Central Office has several vacancies since various administrators have recently resigned or retired in the wake of the cheating scandal. There's also a lot of duplicity in positions, according to the board, which unanimously gave Butler the go-ahead to start cleaning up.
Butler proposes central office be divided into three areas:
- School Administration and Leadership
-Finance and Operations
- Personnel and pupil services
There will be assistant superintendents for elementary schools; secondary schools; curriculum and instruction; research, evaluation and accountability; and special education.
(Click here for EPISD organizational chart)
Butler's only focusing on school administration for now, and will reduce the number of officers that report to the chief of staff from 8-to-3. He's planning on combining the position of Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools with the Assistant of Secondary Schools. He will reclassify associate superintendent positions as assistant superintendents, which means a pay cut. Also, the Assistant Superintendent of Math and Sciences will be reclassified as Director.
Butler is opening all the positions that fall under School Administration and Leadership and current employees as well as outside applicants can apply. The jobs should be filled by the end of June.
The board as well as the Texas Education Agency are in full agreement with Butler's plan.
"There will be a great savings to the district and there will also be, I believe, much better service to all the schools and parents," said Board President Isela Castanon-Williams. "I think this is a wonderful and much needed and way overdue move."
Not everyone thinks this is a great idea though. There's concern that Butler should leave big decisions up to the new superintendent coming this summer. because if this reorganization fails, the superintendent won't be held accountable.