On his first day on the job after being selected to replace superintendent Juan Cabrera, interim El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Vince Sheffield released a letter to the families of EPISD.
Sheffield was selected as interim last Thursday, after the Board of Trustees came to an agreement of separation between the District and Cabrera.
According to El Paso Matters, the separation came after a California civil lawsuit was filed, seeking to recover $5 million that he and former EPISD board President Dori Fenenbock allegedly defrauded investors of in the online school she launched in 2019.
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.
The following is Sheffield’s complete letter:
Dear EPISD Family,
The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday entrusted me with the position of interim superintendent of schools, a role I humbly accepted and am honored to take. For the last 27 years I have made it my mission to serve the students and staff of EPISD in many different roles – from a classroom teacher and principal to deputy superintendent. I have embraced every day as an opportunity to help this community.
As we head into the next chapter of our history together, I am committed to leading the District through this transition with the guiding principles of transparency and excellence. EPISD must continue to make the wellbeing and success of students and employees a priority, and I want to invite you to join me in taking on this challenge.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our schools and families remain a constant threat to the efficacy of our roles as educators. Without a doubt, the health concerns of our city will make this transition even more challenging. But I have every confidence that EPISD is on solid ground and that we will emerge from this stronger and even more committed to serving the children of El Paso.
I know many of you and you know me. We have worked alongside each other every day. I know just how much love and care you have for our students, our schools and the neighborhoods you serve. That is what makes EPISD the keystone of education in El Paso and the center of innovation and progress.
Let’s continue to work together to educate, empower and facilitate greatness for our students, our employees and the entire community of El Paso.