By: Bill MeluginEL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Independent School District met in a closed executive session Tuesday to evaluate Superintendent Juan Cabrera's performance and discuss his contract.
The board was in the meeting for around three hours before they came out of executive session and said the board voted to revise Cabrera’s contract “as discussed in closed session.”Board of Managers President Dee Margo said the district is extending Cabrera’s contract for one year.
"We've made some great progress here, but we've still got a long way to go," Margo said. "What I really like about Mr. Cabrera is he cares about the district, and he cares about the kids. What we've done is just extend it one year, no change in compensation, as per the contract, we;re going to add one more year to keep it a five year contract."
KFOX14 obtained a list of EPISD talking points that illustrate some of what the district feels have been his biggest successes from his first year on the job.
They include the restoration of EPISD's governance accreditation, the streamlining and reorganization of Central Office, $2 million in cuts from Central Office, a 2.3 percent raise for teachers, a switch to open enrollment, and no terminated teachers.
KFOX14 was told Cabrera would not be commenting.
Cabrera was given a three-year waiver from the Texas Education Agency when he was hired because he lacked the required credentials to be a superintendent. As part of the agreement, Cabrera must take courses and tests to obtain those credentials.
When KFOX14 asked about his progress, an EPISD spokesperson said "Superintendent Juan Cabrera is working towards fulfilling TEA requirements and will test for the first part of the two step process fall of this year. He will begin the second step in early 2015.”
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