A total of 171 seniors from every high school in the El Paso Independent School District accepted their diplomas on Wednesday during the 2019 Summer Graduation Ceremonies at the Bowie High School auditorium.
The graduates completed all state graduation requirements during the summer and now join the 4,200 seniors who received their high-school diplomas during ceremonies in May.
“The fact that you are here today is a testament of the hard work and dedication you have demonstrated over the years,” said Dr. Carla Gonzales, EPISD’s Assistant Superintendent of High Schools.
“You have the skills you need to be successful in life. Go out and work toward reaching your goals. You can do whatever you want to make an impact in this world.”
Wednesday’s ceremonies were split in two to accommodate parents and graduates.
The morning ceremonies featured students from Andress, Austin, Burges, Chapin, Franklin, Irvin, Jefferson and Silva Health Magnet high schools, as well as the College, Career & Technology Academy.
The afternoon session featured students from Bowie, Coronado and El Paso high schools.
The JROTC programs in the El Paso Independent School District are in great shape and receive tremendous support from campus administrators, the national director of U.S. Army ROTC programs said during a visit to El Paso.
Col. Michael Stinnett, who oversees all high school and college JROTC and ROTC programs in the country, visited eight EPISD campuses on Friday to meet with cadets and instructors. He inspected the programs at each school and spoke with principals and other administrators about the role of the military in education.
“I couldn’t say enough great things about the schools I’ve been to,” said Stinnett, who is based in Fort Knox, Ky. “When you have principals come in and join us during the visit, it shows me they have a lot of pride in their organization. I know it’s in great hands.”
At Bowie High School, the cadets talked about the pride they have in the 88-year history of the program at their school.
They presented him with a book about the history of the men of Company E. Company E had many of its members grow up in the neighborhood and proudly attended Bowie before serving in World War II under Capt. John Chapin, the namesake of EPISD’s newest traditional high school.
“We talked to him about the pride we have at Bowie in JROTC,” said junior Ashlie Sanchez, an executive officer in Bowie’s JROTC.
Sanchez told Stinnett about their last Orienteering competition and how the team was determined to place.
“We told the cadets that we never win anything and how it’s always other high schools that win,” she said. “I guess they took that in and we actually got three awards this year.”
Stinnett also observed the students presenting the colors to kick off the Bowie Wrestling Tournament and attended the District drill meet Saturday.
“It’s a great honor for him to come to our schools and see the success of our programs,” said retired Lt. Col. Victor Diaz Jr., JROTC facilitator. “He’s the person we go to if we need resources or have concerns.”
Diaz was encouraged by Stinnett’s positive remarks about the individual campuses and the overall program within EPISD.
“He’s coming away knowing that were doing the right thing here and that EPISD JROTC is serious about our mission and what we do.”
Story by Reneé de Santos |Photos by Alicia Chumley – EPISD
After one of the more memorable seasons in local high school football, the regular season was sent to end on a high note, with the Battle of the Southside – Jefferson vs Bowie – at the Sun Bowl.
The Silver Foxes and Bears did not disappoint, with Jefferson capping their season with back-to-back wins, sending the playoff picture into a scramble and dismissing Bowie 26-16. (Listen to the full broadcast here)
With their victory, the Silver-Foxes force a ‘flip-off’ between the teams tied for the final playoff spot; in a turn that could have only been written for an episode of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Jefferson won the toss and took the final playoff spot.
What do you think of when someone mentions the Segundo Barrio? What comes to mind? I asked those questions of the people on the Remember El Paso When Facebook Group and received some amazing answers.
“It is a place where neighbors know each other and lend a helping hand,” says Arlene Salazar. “You belonged to a community and everyone took care of each other. The ice cream truck passed by every afternoon and I would buy a blue raspa with ice cream on top, this was the bomb. Could play outside with family and friends till the sun went down not a rich community but boy there was plenty of Love, which made us a rich community”
“I come from a family of 10, my Dad had his own business and as we were growing up we became his cashiers and my brothers were the stock boys,” shared Guadalupe Soto Faz. “Around Christmas we sold Christmas trees, we always compete with each other when it came who sold the most trees, it was Christmas money which it wasn’t much, good memories, I had the best parents.”
And then there is Minerva Cheatum, “My god parents were Modesto and Tutis Gomez. They had and lived at the wholesale grocery store on Stanton and 7th. They helped the people in the Barrio. My godmother, was at one time on the PTA at Aoy where their kids attended grade school and the went on to attend Bowie. Tito, Gloria and Ofelia.”
Others remember the food, and its flavors. There was the Bowie Bakery, and so many other Mom and Pop restaurants. Others speak of the art, the murals and the artistic expression of the Barrio.
To everyone I spoke with, the Segundo Barrio is a special place. It remains close to the hearts of current and former residents.
“It’s always there,” said Rosa. “It’s a part of you, no matter where you go.” Rosa now lives in Portland, Oregon. “It’s the heart of El Paso.” I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never found another copy like El Paso, or a neighborhood like the Segundo Barrio. It’s rich in history, heritage, and tradition.
It’s the Segundo Barrio’s traditions of family, community and artistic expression that are being carried on by Bobby Lerma of Segundo Barrio Apparel.
Earlier this year, we introduced you to Bobby and his company. In that article Bobby had said he would be giving 30 to 35% of the companies profits to Bowie Athletics and their feeder programs. It’s a promise he was unable to keep.
“We did promise to give 30 to 35% of sales,” says Bobby Lerma. “We didn’t keep that promise. We actually went up to 70 to 75% going to Bowie and Guillen Middle School.”
With Guillen they helped with the first annual Southside Football Camp. “Between 45-50 kids attended and we provided the tee-shirts, and a Deejay for them.”
There are the tee-shirts and sports jerseys they’ve donated. There were football helmets that were donated, as well as backpacks when school was just starting. If there is something the students need, and if Segundo Barrio Apparel can get their hands on it, it will be given.
“Kids need help,” says Bobby. “Kids in that area need some type of help, and this is just the way I am helping them.”
Bobby, and those working with him are more than willing to help anyone in the Segundo Barrio, that’s why the percentage give rose to 70 to 75%, to help meet those needs. Those needs can seem insurmountable at times.
We all know that there are teachers who buy school supplies for their students. Not every parent can afford the items on those ever-growing lists. The same is true for athletics. Football helmets, like the ones Segundo Barrio Apparel donated can cost upwards of $300. That money is not always there. So, Bobby steps in.
It’s not everyday that someone does something truly altruistic for a whole community. Yet, it’s being done for the Barrio.
What makes this even more amazing is that, locally, they are only open one day a week!
“We only do it three hours a week,” says Bobby. “Saturday, we have our sale, from 11 to 1pm, and that’s it.” Bobby says it has the feeling of a barbershop, when they are open. “People come in from out of town,” he says, “and they tell stories. People who buy one or two tee-shirts end up staying and talking about the past and how good it was.”
The stories that are told are vivid, full of imagery, and a longing for times past. Yet, when you walk through the Segundo Barrio you are walking into a strange juxtaposition of old and new. Those traditions that generations were raised with are sill there today.
Bobby knows about the Segundo Barrio and its traditions. He grew up on Seventh and Ochoa. He knows the needs of the community, and how best to help them. What Segundo Barrio Appeal is doing is helping to meet that need, and you can help by visiting them and buying tee-shirts, hats, and more.
According to Leos Guillermo Portillo, that tradition and drive for excellence runs deep in the Barrio.
“El Segundo Barrio means identity and roots for our city of El Paso,” says Leos. “El Segundo Barrio, on of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso and the birthplace to great men and women, it means an exchange of cultural changes between Mexico and the USA. It describes the authenticity of our men and women workers with a great effort to excel in their environment as in their family circle.”
With Bobby, and his family I can see that. They are striving to make changes in the community, and the lives of future generations through Segundo Barrio Appeal.
“It’s not only just a section of El Paso,” says Bobby Lerma “I know it’s probably the section with the poorest, but there is a lot of culture, a lot of history, a lot of pride. People who get out of there want to contribute. They do it differently. I have friends that coach there, others who go back and apply to teach at a school there. And I have my friends at Bowie. A lot of us Bowie ex’s come back and try to help out.”
To me, the Segundo Barrio is the heart of El Paso. It is the dreams, hopes and aspirations of a community that can drive the rest of us to experience simply by their example.
You can visit Segundo Barrio Apparel on line…but, even better, this coming Saturday, why don’t you visit them? They are open from 11 to 1pm at 4302 Alameda.
A sea of gold, purple, teal, maroon and blue caps and gowns filled the front of the Bowie High School auditorium Thursday morning as summer grads prepared to make their way across the stage.
The first of two summer graduation ceremonies at Bowie on Thursday featured nearly 100 seniors from Andress, Austin, Bowie, Burges and Chapin high schools and College, Career & Technology Academy.
The program led off with keynote speaker Laura DuVernois, an assistant principal at Silva Health Magnet, who congratulated the graduates and wished them continued success.
“Be humble, be kind,” she told them. “Most importantly don’t forget where you came from and always follow your dreams. Congratulations class of 2017.”
A similar sea of colors representing Coronado, El Paso, Franklin, Irvin and Jefferson high schools lined the first few rows of the Bowie auditorium for the afternoon commencement ceremony. Just more than 50 students walked the stage to collect their diploma.
Keynote speaker Elizabeth Saenz, deputy superintendent of academic leadership, spoke before the graduates received their diplomas.
“As you go into the world, look back often and remember the friends you made in here in high school,” Saenz said. “Take with you the many things you learned from your teachers, parents and your community and make this world a better place – after all the challenges of the world are yours to conquer.”
Receiving diplomas were seniors who completed their graduation requirements during the summer.
Parents and student workers who need help completing their federal income tax return now have one extra resource: the students from Bowie High School’s business magnet program.
Bowie is the first school in the District to partner with IRS to provide free tax return services to the community.
Bowie Business Academy students have certified to prepare basic income tax forms, thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program administered by the IRS Stakeholder Partnerships Education and Communication (SPEC) department. The program partners with local non-profit entities to provide free income tax preparation and filing services for low- and moderate-income households.
“This program brings project-based learning and community service together for our students,” teacher Jose Ornelas said. “They are learning something that is not going to only benefit others, but themselves as well. It’s a win-win.”
After seeing the success at Del Valle High School, SPEC representative Valeria Medina approached Bowie High School to launch the program with the school’s business magnet students.
“I spoke to Mr. Ornelas, and he was all for it. He said, ‘this would be perfect for my academy students,’” Medina said. “The students have picked up on it really well. They have great questions, and they aren’t afraid to work with the software.”
Students certified online through the Link & Learn Taxes, learning about the return process and tax law covered in the VITA program. They must pass with 80 percent or higher to receive certification.
The partnership allows students to not only help the community but also obtain experience for their future.
“We help them out, in case they need a letter of recommendation. This looks good on their college applications,” Medina said. “It’s a great life experience for them. It can encourage them to go into that type of career, as an accountant or working for the government.”
Ornelas grouped students by their individual strengths, with each group being responsible for a different task to make sure the process goes smoothly.
“We have a group of students that greets people and escorts them to the classroom, and another group helps with intake forms,” Ornelas said. “We also have interpreters and of course our group of tax preparers. Once forms are completed, I review before sending them to the IRS.”
Senior Veronica Rodriguez has enjoyed being part of the program and helping her community.
“We’ve seen that people are really thankful for this program. We’ve had a really great response from the community,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez hopes to continue cultivating the knowledge and skills she has acquired through the academy when she attends the McCombs School of Business in the fall.
“We have learned a lot about filing taxes and how to run a business,” Rodriguez said.
Student Jonathan Gonzalez feels proud of his certification, which was helpful when it came time do his own taxes as well.
“I learned to do my own taxes. It felt good to do them myself without anyone’s help,” Gonzalez said. “I also liked the opportunity to learn more about business.”
Gonzalez says some people are hesitant about having a student prepare their taxes.
“At first they don’t trust students to do their taxes, but after they see everything came out right at the end they are satisfied,” Rodriguez said. “This program is good for people who can’t afford to go somewhere else and do their taxes. If we can do it for free, it’s a big benefit for them.”
Rodriguez wants to test for the advanced certification.
“I want to do it as soon as possible so I can start helping people,” Rodriguez said.
The VITA program is free for qualifying families earning up to $54,000 annually. Students are available to help Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To make an appointment, call 915-236-7078.
Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.
Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.
“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”
The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.
• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.
• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.
Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.
Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.
Students were pulled out from their core classes and into tutoring or mini-mesters at Bowie High School for weeks at a time, said a former Bowie High School teacher and department chair for the English Department during the Texas Education Agency’s hearing on Tuesday.
The hearings, which began last week, are against three former Bowie High School administrators — Principal Jesus Chavez; and former Bowie High school Assistant Principals Anna Luisa Kell and Juan Manuel Duran.
The three are alleged to have manipulated student grades, and providing state and federal agencies with falsified student records.
Leticia Morales taught English at Bowie High School from the Fall of 2007 to May of 2012. During her time at Bowie the school had not performed well in the state mandated tests, or TAKS, and was classified as a stage 5 probation school by the TEA.
Morales said because the state of trouble Bowie was in with its testing, doing well on the TAKS test was “paramount.” Prior to being hired at Bowie High School, Morales had taught in the Ysleta District. She is currently a teacher at Vista Middle School in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“I was initially hired by Maria Flores, and a committee of administrators,” Morales said. “When I was being interviewed the focus of the questions was improving TAKS scores and other measures including attendance. But one of the first questions they asked was my familiarity with the TAKS test and how my students performed on it while I was at Ysleta High School.”
Bridget Remish, attorney for TEA, asked Morales if she noticed anything unusual during her first few years at Bowie High School.
“The first year I was there the scores went up from the previous year – so the passing rate was around 71 to 73 percent,” Morales said. “For ESL kids we saw an improvement as well – it was like double and we were excited because there were 136 ESL kids. Then the next year it was somewhere along 80 percent and there was an improvement for ESL as well but we didn’t have that many ESL kids.”
One of the methods used to improved scores was the “pull out method,” Morales said.
“Some of the students were pulled out from their regular courses and they went to a tutor out in the portables,” she said. “Some of the kids were pulled out from other content areas and they were pulled out from science, social studies and other content areas.”
The tutors in English had been retired teachers, while the tutors in other core areas such as Math varied from former teachers, to college students.
During the fall semester students were taken out of their courses at various times but during the spring semester students would be out for 4 to 6 weeks at a time, Morales said.
“How would you determine a grade for these pull-outs?” Remish asked.
Morales explained that Kell, presented her with a spreadsheet and notified her that the tutors would determine the students’ grades in the class they had been pullout from.
“So the tutors in an unrelated subject would provide grades for your students?” Remish asked.
“Correct,” Morales said.
Morales said she was opposed to the pullouts because over time she noticed that several of the students, that were supposed to be in tutoring, were out in the hallways or outside playing wall-ball. At that point Morales did her best to keep her students from going to tutoring.
“I was very strongly (opposed) to these pullouts,” Morales said. “I went to our instructional specialist and to Ms. Aragon and then directly to Dr. Chavez. I even stood in the doorway because I didn’t want them to take the kids. I remember some of the tutors had come to pick up the kids and I told them, ‘You are not taking them because you guys are just playing with the kids. You don’t have direct control of them.’”
The following day, Chavez went to pick up the students from Morales’ classroom with a security guard.
“I told him (Chavez) that these students didn’t want to go,” Morales said. “I told them I don’t want to replace grades. I want them to earn them, and he stood in the door way and said to let the students go with him.”
Morales became further concerned when she became Department Chair of the English Department during her third year at Bowie High School.
“The issues I had were with the change of classification,” she said. “I was looking at the dates very closely and I noticed that some of the students from one week to the next were classified as 10th graders and then reclassified as 9th graders.”
Over time, Morales said she noticed a trend and thought, perhaps, it was a discrepancy or a mistake.
“It was shocking but it was pretty clear – numbers speak,” Morales said. “When you look at the LEP (limited English proficient student) number and the accountability report – when the numbers go from 136 (LEP students) to 49 from one year to the next – it’s pretty clear and you begin to wonder why this is.”
Morales noticed that students were either retained as freshmen or suddenly skipped to the 11th grade.
Morales took her concerns directly to Chavez and his response to her was that it was legal.
“Well, I said, it’s unethical,” Morales said. “And he said, ‘It’s legal and central office knows.” Determined to do something, Morales documented her concerns in an email to Myrna Gamboa, former director in the EPISD Priority Schools Division, and was later called into a meeting with Kell for it. Kell was the former assistant principal for Bowie High School at the time.
“I had capitalized one word – that I was no longer going to tolerate – something to that effect but it was not harassment. I wanted to
emphasize that something is wrong here. So Ms. Kell showed me the email and mentioned to me there was a district policy about harassment through email and that capitalized word was considered harassment. But I explained to her that there’s a problem with attendance being changed,” Morales said. “She then emphasized I could lose my employment if I continued to harass people through email. And she made me sign a form – it was very frustrating and I understand there is a 90 percent attendance rule – but the students could only learn if they were in class.”
Gamboa later pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in January 2015. She was sentenced to five years’ probation with a $5,000 fine for being part of the scheme to inflate test scores.
When asked how she felt about the education the student received at Bowie High School, Morales became emotional and teary-eyed.
“I taught at Del Valle and at the Ysleta high schools so that is my experience, and I also taught AP College preparation courses. I taught AP Language and composition courses so the standard by which we prepared student for the AP class – that to me was how I wanted to prepare a student in my English 3 class,” Morales said.
She added, “When I saw the level of education had deteriorated to simple TAKS preparation packets – to me that determines an entire city because we are sending our student out to our society lacking the skills necessary to succeed in college.”
Morales paused for a moment to catch her breath.
“I’m getting emotional because I personally know students – who weren’t offered the best opportunity through mini-mesters. They are now sitting in college classes, listening to their peers talk about what they studied in the 12 th grade, what they studied in junior classes and they will forever have to think to themselves, ‘I never got that opportunity.’ And ‘I don’t know who you are talking about or about Beowulf.’ They will feel cheated because of what happened with mini-mesters.”
During cross examination Kell’s attorney, Mark Berry, asked whether Morales had been a tutor and whether she was wholly opposed to accelerated courses.
Morales said she had been a tutor but wasn’t wholly opposed to accelerated courses overall but was opposed to the way it was being taught at Bowie High school through practice TAKS packets.
Early Morning Courtroom Drama
Tuesday morning’s hearing initially began with heated discussions over emails that quickly escalated during a break between attorneys Tony Conners and Stuart Baggish.
Witnesses for the TEA who allegedly received these emails included Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner standards and programs at the TEA; Susie Coultress, State Director of Bilingual Education/Title III/Migrant Education for the TEA; Shannon Housson, Director of the Division of Performance Reporting for TEA; and Ed.D Justin Porter, Director, Assessment for Special Populations at the TEA.
All four were unable to attend the hearing in El Paso and were instead questioned via video conference.
They were all called for their expert opinion over the facts of the case. During cross examination by Conners all confirmed that their knowledge of this certification case was based on the exhibits and documentation they received from the TEA attorneys via email.
Conners said he was upset that he had not received copies of these emails. He added that he was just learning about these emails on Tuesday.
Stuart Baggish, attorney for the TEA, stressed that the email were protected under attorney-client privileges.
In addition, Conners and Berry objected to the video conference calls stating that the delayed response made it difficult to cross examine the witnesses.
Visiting administrative law judge Pratibha Shenoy and Holly Vandrovec, ordered a 5-minute break to go over the issues at hand.
During the short break, Conners stepped out of the courtroom after stating something under his breath.
“What did you say?” Baggish asked.
Conners repeated, “Rookie Mistake,” to Baggish.
Conners then exited the courtroom, followed by Berry. Shortly thereafter Baggish left the courtroom.
Berry then reentered the courtroom and said, “Baggish just assaulted Conners. I saw the whole thing,” Berry said to those present in the courtroom. “He aggressively pushed him.”
Conners then reentered the courtroom and said he would file an assault complaint. He then sought El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies to provide security inside the courtroom.
When Shenoy and Vandrovec re-entered the courtroom Conners informed Shenoy of the incident.
“I’m going to file an assault charge against Mr. Baggish,” Conners said. “As I was standing out here to come back in he bumped into me, aggressively, and afterwards taunted in the restroom. We had a witness and I’m going to make an assault charge. We have a bailiff that will come over here because I’m a little concerned about it. And I may have made objections for my client but I shouldn’t be subjected to this kind of behavior.”
“I brushed against him – there was no aggression.”
Shenoy calmly told both attorneys that while in the courtroom there was a behavior that had to be maintained. She added that while she did not see this occur, Conners seemed to be taking the appropriate course of actions. Conners continued when Shenoy cut him short.
“I’m not going to get into the details about this,” she said. “That is not something I can do – however, while we are in the courtroom we will adhere to the proper behavior.”
The rest of the morning Conners and Berry questioned Martinez’s expertise and whether she had personnel knowledge of the Duran or Kell’s charges.
Martinez repeatedly said she did not have personal knowledge of their charges but had only received exhibits and documentation regarding Kell and Duran.
Housson, Coultress, and Porter who later testified in the afternoon, answered similarly.
Conners asked if Housson could directly point out evidence against Duran within the documentation provided to him by TEA attorneys.
Housson said he could not.
Berry repeatedly referred to the emails and asked about any additional correspondence that Coultress may have had with the TEA lawyers that had not been disclosed to Berry or Conners.
Coultress, looked puzzled throughout the entire cross examination by Berry and repeatedly responded with “I don’t know,” or “I’m not understanding you.”
The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, in partnership with NASA and Cornell University, named a team of students and faculty from The University of Texas at El Paso and Bowie High School winners of its international CubeSat competition.
The UTEP and Bowie team will be awarded $10,000 toward the completion of a CubeSat – a grapefruit-sized satellite designed to perform a specific task while in orbit around the Earth – and have their device launched into space upon completion.
These satellites usually collect data or take photos while in orbit; however, the UTEP and Bowie team’s CubeSat will send a manufacturing robot into space to perform basic tasks and to send data back to Earth in order to provide insight to other engineers, scientists and future researchers.
“These designs were selected based on a combination of innovation, technical feasibility, and successful articulation of a concept from science fiction” said Mason Peck, member of the museum’s board of advisors and director of Cornell University’s Space Systems Design Studio. “I want to congratulate these young minds who displayed a mature and professional degree of technological acumen with their proposals. I’m eager to see their designs go from the drawing board to reality and up into orbit.”
Winning entries from the global competition came from Ithaca, New York, and Suzhou, China, in addition to El Paso.
The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night will vote on the renaming of the Bowie High School gymnasium after Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson.
Bowie community members asked the District to honor Richardson, a 1960s graduate of the South Side school. The District already named a Northeast middle school in honor of Richardson.
Richardson played basketball for the Bowie Bears and then for the UTEP Miners under legendary Coach Don Haskins. His coaching career also began at Bowie before making stops at UTEP, the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas, where he won the NCAA National Championship in 1994.
He also won the National Invitational Tournament in 1981 and the National Junior College Athletic Association title in 1980. He has coached two national basketball teams (Panama and Mexico), was the 1994 national Coach of the Year.
In 2014 he was inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2008 into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
The EPISD Board of Trustees meeting starts Education Service Center, 6531 Boeing Dr.
To view our previous story on Nolan Richardson, click HERE.