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SISD extends superintendent contract
By: Ruben Veloz
El PASO, Texas--The Socorro ISD School Board made changes to its staff after a external audit revealed possible cheating, but Superintendent Jose Espinoza told KFOX14 most of these changes were already in the works before the audit began.
The school board made the change after calling a special meeting last week to address concerns after the release of the external audit.
The district said they are happy with the way the school is running, and re-organized some positions to be more efficient.
The school board also voted to extend Espinoza's contract for another two years.
"It's exciting it shows that the school board is supportive," said Espinoza.
He'll be getting a 2 percent salary increase in his contract, as well as an additional $7,680, and more than $2,000 for expenses, SiSD boar president Cynthia Najera said.
Najera told KFOX14 the move was necessary in order to compete with other districts.
"We're getting him to that market value and we believe in the work he has done and we want him to be at the level of other similar districts," said Najera.
The board also decided to add an additional internal auditor position and renamed eight positions to better organize the district.
Espinoza told kfox14 having only one auditor was not enough.
"I took away all these departments, so that she could focus, on just strictly the schools and create a chief academic officer position," said Espinoza.
All of these changes are part of a re-organization plan the superintendent said was in the works before the release of last week's external audit.
As KFOX14 reported that audit found some students were put in the wrong grades between 2009- 2012.
As a result the four SISD employees were put on administrative leave.
Espinoza denied the re-organization had anything to do with the audit, and said he wanted to do it since he started working at the district.
"One thing that I do want to emphasize is that no new positions were added to the district, no new positions were added, they were already in place," said Espinoza.
The school board will reconvene next week to discuss possibly hiring a Houston based law firm to investigate their internal revue, Najera said.
The discussion is a result of the external audit.
Najera said they plan to spend less than $60,000.