The El Paso Times have made it their mission to make life miserable for the folks running the show at EPISD. I can say EPISD's board did earn that attention all on their own. The coverage continued today HERE.
Seems like their "task force," made up of people whose identities will remain secret, have a problem showing up and with public observation of their meetings. That doesn't sound like a shady situation at all, does it? No, it sounds very shady. What would you expect from the most corrupt school district in State of Texas? At least they're first in something!
First of all - why would an advisory committee need to meet behind closed doors? They have no "executive powers" - so to speak. They can't take action, only suggest it. What suggestions would they make that the public couldn't hear? An advisory committee shouldn't be analyzing top secret documents due to the fact that privilege is tied to the ability to act in these cases. They are essentially "volunteers" and they shouldn't be put on top secret missions where secrecy is a must.
I find it odd that there is no list of these people advising the most corrupt school district in Texas. I also find it odd that two of them consulted attorneys on their involvement with the advisory board and that they felt the meetings had to be held in secret. And it was also odd that half people on the board just didn't show up. Oh wait, it's El Paso - not showing up to meetings for a board you were appointed to is par for the course (Larry Medina). And it's always the ones who don't ever show up who brag the loudest about their seat on the board.
The big question remains - who are these people and what do they want? Are they meeting in secret because their advice to EPISD is going to be to send money their way? I'm talking about the board advising EPISD to hire their company, friend or family member to solve problems. I'm talking about the same corrupt schemes that have been pulled in the past. I'm talking about getting a secret group of people together to figure out how to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars.
Now, that might not be happening at all, but how would we know? In El Paso you have to just assume that when people don't want you to know who's involved or what they're doing, that they're up to no good. If they were planning a surprise party for someone all of this would make sense. Somehow I don't think that's what they're doing in this case.
And I'm still shocked that members of this board would be consulting attorneys before they've even met for the first time. What are you planning to do that you have to retain the services of an attorney before you do it? If you're that sure you're going to try and commit a crime, spreading some money around the elected judge circuit might be a good next move.
As usual - the whole thing is just shady as it can be. EPISD needs to be completely dismantled and built from the ground up. The stink of corruption is in everything and no one can seem to get it out.
Here's where the EP Times looks stupid. They're all up in arms over not having access to an advisory board meeting where nothing but suggestions can be made. On the other hand - they think an unelected board of citizens controlling hundreds of millions of dollars should continue to operate without any oversight whatsoever. How do they square that?
They took a giant shit on Rep. Niland for demanding transparency when it comes to the use public dollars, but turn around and take the opposite position in the same paper on the same day. So which is it? Let unelected people run free with public dollars or force them out into the light of day so that the people whose money is at stake can participate - pick one, please.
And how about a pat on the back for Rep. Niland whose advisory board co-op with the PSB was so open to the public that too many people with position and title showed up and a quorum was had. She did exactly what you are crying for the EPISD to do and you smacked her hand for it. Shame on you EP Times. Add this to your long list of failures.