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Board of Managers president defends EPISD superintendent's office remodeling

By: Joshua Zuber 
EL PASO, Texas -KFOX 14 was the first to tell you about the increasing shortfall at the El Paso Independent School District.

Now that budget shortfall looks to be between $15 million to $17 million, according to an EPISD spokesperson and the board of managers president. 

"Every time we turn around we are looking at shortfalls that are being discovered that started this fiscal year that we don't want to carry forward into 2014-15," Dee Margo, president of the EPISD Board of Managerssaid. 
Despite that continued news of a budget shortfall, EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera had his office renovated. 
KFOX 14 has asked for how much.The district has made KFOX 14 submit a Freedom of Information Act request. 
In the meantime, Margo defends the spending, saying it's not a significant amount of dollars spent because the money was already allocated and meeting space is needed.

"As I tried to say, number oneNo. 1, Itit was budgeted all ready for change. Mr. Butler decided to wait until the new superintendent came in. He was our previous interim superintendent. The idea was to create some meeting space. The idea is not to create a Taj Mahal. There is no Taj Mahal over here. Been in there. Mr. Cabrara works at his computer at the end of his conference table cause he doesn't have a desk. He gave his desk up for another new associate who just came in," Margo said. 

TheNorma De La Rosa, president of the El Paso ISD teachers' association, doesn't buy that logic. 

"The superintendent needs an office that is functional that he can have meetings and I understand that. But I think at this point in time to do that considering the tightness of the budget that we have right now I think that money could be either held off or better spent," Norma De La Rosa said.