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EPISD memo leads to discipline for district spokeswoman

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso Independent School District leaders have detailed what actions were taken after the executive director of public relations mistakenly sent KFOX14 an email regarding plans for possible changes in the district. 

The controversial email sent by Renee de Santos was received by KFOX14 Assignments Manager Tony Rodriguez on Feb. 19.

It included four bullet points: the rebuilding of Irvin High School with the reallocation of bond money from the demolition of Crosby Elementary School, the closing of Schuster and Zavala elementary schools for use as maintenance offices, the moving of EPISDs central office to northeast El Paso by Cohen Stadium, and the combining of Bowie and Jefferson high schools into a combined Southside school.

De Santos, according to records, was suspended without pay for four days. In a letter of reprimand, EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera pointed out his expectations to de Santos.

"I expect you to take the utmost care in the time and in the manner in which you do your work for the District. As a professional member of the Leadership Team, your conduct and performance is directly related to the reputation and outcomes of this District. I expect you to adhere to the Educators Code of Ethics. You will adhere to the professional standards required by Public Relations executives. You will adhere to your essential duties as prescribed in your job description."

De Santos told KFOX14 in February the email contained notes from a brainstorming session. Records confirm de Santos mistakenly sent the email, which was intended for Cabrera.

Read the entire de Santos disciplinary report.

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