TEA News Releases Online
Feb. 28, 2013
EPISD challenge to board of managers,
conservator appointment denied
AUSTIN – Following a review requested by the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), the district’s challenge to Commissioner Michael L. Williams’ appointment of a board of managers and conservator for the EPISD has been denied. As a result, the Commissioner’s decision to appoint a board of managers and conservator is now final.
“The people of El Paso are ready to begin the work of restoring full trust in their school district,” said Williams. “More importantly, those who I have appointed to serve on the board of managers are ready to work in the public interest to again make the El Paso ISD a source of pride for their community and state.”
On Dec. 6, 2012, Williams announced the appointment of a five-member board of managers to oversee the management of the EPISD. At that time, Williams elevated the role of Dr. Judy Castleberry from Texas Education Agency (TEA) monitor to conservator.
EPISD requested a formal record review on the appointment of the board of managers and an informal review on the appointment of a conservator. Record review proceedings were held in Austin on Feb. 7. During the proceeding, EPISD and TEA were allowed to present their case before an appointed designee of the Commissioner.
Castleberry will continue to fulfill her responsibilities as conservator for the district. The Commissioner's appointees to the board of managers must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for pre-clearance before they can assume their responsibilities.
Once pre-cleared, the board of managers – comprised of a majority of members from the El Paso community – will assume all responsibilities of the elected board of trustees. The board of managers will be in place for up to two years. A school board election must be called within two years of this appointment.