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EPISD appointed superintendent outlines goals; challenges as district's new leader
By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas
El Paso Independent School District's newly appointed superintendent, Juan Cabrera, outlined lofty goals for this year and his entire five-year contract.
EPISD parents, teachers and administrators KFOX 14 talked to seem to be excited about the arrival of Cabrera.
"I'm pleased EPISD is cleaning house, and I'm pleased there's so much attention given to this matter," Robert Ardovino, a parent of two EPISD students, said.
"I feel that there is a sense of stability at this point," Laila Ferris, Mesita, said.
Cabrera took a tour of Mesita Elementary School in west El Paso Friday and gave KOX 14 what could be called his mission statement as the district's leader.
"(It's about) trust, honesty, high moral character and integrity in the way that we treat people and run the district," Cabrera said.
Cabrera told KFOX 14 in the first 100 days, he will visit almost every school in the district to talk to students, teachers, faculty and parents to get a feel of how the district is doing.
Plus, as part of his transition to the district's chief, he plans to add more layers of accountability to regain trust of the district and community.
"One of the proposals I'd like to visit with the Board of Managers is to have a completely external organization, either EPISD or external. It almost acts like an audit function on the way we're doing our testing, the way we're looking at our children, and have them report to the Board of Managers -- have them go around me."
Cabrera also has a lot of high-profile hiring to do.
Four out of 11 leadership posts in his soon-to-be administration, including two assistant superintendents, need to be filled.
"My focus is going to be twofold: get the best people that I can find to help me operate the district while I spend as much time as I can spending time in the district," Cabrera said.