El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera delivered the State of the District Address in front of a group of 350 civic and school leaders during a luncheon at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on Biggs Army Air Field.
Cabrera invited those in attendance to join the District as it heads into a new era of teaching and learning, aimed at improving the lives students through innovative programming.
“There’s never been a better time to be a part of this amazing school district,” Cabrera told the audience, which included many people watching the address via a live online stream. “Yes, we had a rough time recently, but we are focusing on the future and what we need to do to give our current students the tools and skills they need to be global leaders in the 21st century.”
The speech included a review of academic programs that have helped EPISD reached unprecedented levels in high-quality teaching and learning. Those include the expansion of the dual-language and International Baccalaureate programs, the creation of the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy, and the addition of several New Tech Network campuses.
Cabrera also thanked the community for supporting the District’s efforts to upgrade its facility to better conform to 21st century learning environments. Several projects in the voter-approved bond program have already begun their design stage and groundbreakings will start soon.
About 100 students from every corner of the District participated in the event. Booths were set up around the conference center to let students showcase their school or program to the civic leaders that attended the event. The booths went along with the theme of the event: “Discover EPISD.”
The event also featured a welcome from Board President Dori Fenenbock and a speech from current EPISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Jill McGee from Mesita Elementary.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the EPISD Education Foundation, which gives scholarships to District graduates and Classroom Impact Grants to teachers.