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More teacher jobs to be eliminated, displaced at EPISD

By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Independent School District told KFOX 14 that 172 teaching positions will be cut next school year due to the 2014-2015 projected revenue shortfall of $17 million.  

That number is up from the initial estimate of 131 teaching posts, according to Robert Almanzan, associate superintendent of Human Resources.

Those teachers who wish to remain at the district will be displaced likely from a high school or middle school to other schools or positions for which they are certified throughout the district, Almanzan said.

EPISD also gave more insight into why the drop in average daily attendance from this year to next.

Dr. Tom Miller, the new Chief of Staff, said that Moak Casey Law Firm the district hired said that the last four out of five school years has seen a decline in actual average daily attendance.

The district, Miller said, had actually over projected that ADA would increase from year-to-year.

The chief business officer, now titled the chief financial officer, is in charge of that projection, which EPISD said the previous CBO retired and an interim is in place.

A district official told KFOX 14 a new chief financial officer should be hired Monday.

Miller could not comment how that happened since he has been with the district for less than one month.

Other reasons for the actual decline in attendance are Fort Bliss is bringing in fewer families; younger families are moving to less expensive neighborhoods like Socorro, Clint and Canutillo; plus the drop in violence in Mexico make district leaders believe more Mexican families have returned to Mexico.

For teachers interested in checking out other schools in EPISD, officials say there will be a job fair held at Franklin High School on Tuesday.