EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — El Paso Independent School District will pay superintendent Juan Cabrera $558, 917 as part of his separation agreement, after board trustees approved his resignation in a special board meeting Thursday.
Under the agreement Cabrera will end his employment with El Paso ISD effective Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
The agreement states Cabrera shall be on a paid board-approved leave of absence utilizing vacation, nonduty and local leave beginning Nov. 9 and be paid his full salary and benefits.
Cabrera and former El Paso ISD school board president Dori Fenenbock are accused of defrauding millions of dollars from investors while launching an online school.
The lawsuit stems from a criminal case in California that includes the original investors in the Texas-based online school.
In 2017, Cabrera was given a 5-year contract that included a 15 percent pay raise. His salary was increased from $303,000 a year to $348,000 a year.
At the time, Fenenbock was the school board president.
In 2018, Cabrera’s contract was extended to 2023.
The Board appointed Vince Sheffield, EPISD’s Deputy Superintendent of Administration & Academics, as interim superintendent starting on Nov. 9.
Serving as superintendent of schools for the El Paso Independent School District for the last seven years has been a privilege and an honor. Together with the teachers and staff of the District, we managed to transform EPISD from a struggling with a widespread cheating scandal into one that is seen as a leader in urban education in the United States,” Cabrera said. “I want to thank the students, staff and families of El Paso for giving me the opportunity to be part of this community. EPISD’s foundation is now on solid ground and the opportunities for the future are endless. I am certain EPISD will continue to reach unprecedented heights and wish nothing but success for the District in the future.
Cabrera began his tenure as superintendent in September 2013.
A former elementary-school teacher, Cabrera worked as a corporate attorney and software executive prior to arriving in El Paso.
“The Board thanks Mr. Cabrera for his service to EPISD and wishes him well in his future endeavors,” said Board President Bob Geske. “We are confident that Mr. Sheffield will be a strong leader who will help the District through this transition. He will be a partner for the Board as it searches for the next permanent superintendent of El Paso Independent School District.”
Sheffield is a long-time EPISD educator who has served as deputy superintendent since 2016.
Prior to that he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. A former classroom teacher in Segundo Barrio and principal at Hillside Elementary School, Sheffield is a retired commissioned officer with the U.S. Army.
He has a bachelor’s degree in education from George Mason University in Virginia and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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