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EPISD Creates ‘Chief of Languages and Learning’ Position, Names Interim Head

Laila Ferris will be the interim Chief of Languages and Learning, a new EPISD position created by Superintendent Juan Cabrera to reinforce the District’s efforts to graduate more students who are literate in English and Spanish.

Ferris will help develop the new Division within the Curriculum & Instruction Team in EPISD, but also will retain her position as principal at Mesita Elementary School and the Mesita Early Childhood Development Center.

“I can’t think of anyone who is more qualified to help us launch this effort than Ms. Ferris,” Cabrera said. “For more than 20 years, Ms. Ferris has lead one of the most successful dual- language programs in the country, and she was a critical partner in our efforts to expand dual language throughout EPISD.”

Cabrera said Ferris will be charged with launching new strategies and programs that will help grow the number of students participating in dual-language programs at all grade levels. The expansion of the dual-language program is one of the goals the Board of Trustees approved earlier this school year.

EPISD is a leader in the implementation of dual-language programs — a style of instruction in which monolingual English speakers are placed in the same classroom as monolingual Spanish speakers and instruction is provided equally in both languages. The goal of the program is to create fully bilingual and bi-literate students in English, Spanish and – when available – a potential third language.

“This is an exciting time for EPISD. To see dual-language come to fruition as its own division in the curriculum team is innovative and forward-thinking,” Ferris said. “We are sending the right message to the community … that all eyes, all energy and all effort will be on dual language.”

The District will conduct a search for a permanent Chief of Languages and Learning.

Video+Story: EPISD Superintendent Cabrera Delivers State of the District Address

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.

El Paso ISD: Favorable Bond sale Results in $10 Million Savings

Officials with the El Paso Independent School District said Wednesday that the district sold its first batch of bonds from the recently approved election during the winter break and received higher than expected interest from buyers that resulted in nearly $10 million in savings.

On January 4, EPISD sold the first $200 million in bonds of the $668.7 million voters approved in November. The money will be used to modernize campuses, consolidate low-enrollment schools and make upgrades in athletics, technology, transportation and safety and security throughout the District.

“EPISD has developed a reputation of being an innovative, financially stable school district, and that reputation is creating opportunities for us to provide taxpayers with some cost savings,” Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “The savings will help us further address the critical modernization needs in the District, which will help us continue our efforts of providing a future-ready education to our students.”

Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, the District’s Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations, said EPISD welcomes the interest from investors, especially as it continues to plan for major construction and renovation projects over the next 3 to 5 years.

She added that investors may have been attracted to purchase EPISD bonds because of key factors like the strong financial performance of the District, the passage of both the EPISD Penny Swap and the bond election, strong governance and administration and the upgrades in credit ratings from the Texas Permanent School Fund and Moody’s.

“Investors are rediscovering EPISD not just for the improvements in instruction and governance, but also for its administrative and fiscal stability,” Arrieta-Candelaria said. “The District is using sound practices and strong character as it moves forward. We know those are characteristics that not just investors, but also parents and students value.”

EPISD finance officials said the interest from investors in the bonds exceeded expectations and that underwriters secured orders at a rate of four times the number of bonds available.

The high demand yielded a True Interest Cost of 3.921 percent, instead of the expected 4.1 percent. The difference means EPISD saved $9.9 million from the figures it first communicated to the Board of Trustees in December.

EPISD Announces new Principals for TMECHS, MacArthur

The El Paso Independent School District announced the appointment of two long-time educators as principals at the Transmountain Early College High School and MacArthur Intermediate School.

Superintendent Juan Cabrera approved the appointment of Barbara Brinkley King as the new principal at Transmountain Early College effective Monday, and Rose Ann Martinez as the new principal at MacArthur effective immediately.

“We continue to strengthen our schools by appointing principals who value student-centered innovation,” Cabrera said. “I’m confident that Ms. King and Ms. Martinez will help us further our efforts of providing a high-quality education to every student who enrolls in our District.”

King will return to Transmountain Early College after spending two years there as the Guidance & Instruction Assistant Principal from 2010 to 2012.

She most recently served as the Discipline Assistant Principal and then the Guidance & Instruction Assistant Principal at Irvin High School. She’s also served as a counselor and classroom teacher at several schools throughout EPISD. King has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Martinez has most recently served as assistant principal and interim principal at Franklin

High School and previously worked as a teacher and magnet coordinator at Silva Health Magnet High School. Her previous experience includes stints at a classroom teacher at Milam Elementary and Ross Middle, as well as the principal at El Paso Country Day School.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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