Monday, June 19, 2017

Cabrera & Fenenbock Travel Raises Eyebrows

The amount of money spent by EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera is obscene and there's no nice way to put that. He spent 4 times as much time out of the district as his counterparts.

He spent twice as much as YISD and SISD superintendents COMBINED.

And its not just that he's spending a lot of money, its how he's spending it. According to the story in the El Paso Times, Cabrera spent the money on First Class and Business Select flights, SUV car rentals and Uber rides in luxury vehicles.

You the tax payers are funding his fun time.

Look I'm not naive, a certain amount of travel is often necessary. People don't have a problem with that. But what they do have a problem with, and what undermines public trust, is when officials make bad decisions.

Cabrera doesn't have to take First Class flights. He doesn't have to rent SUV's. He doesn't have to take Uber rides in luxury vehicles. He gets a salary, so the District doesn't HAVE to foot the bill every time the guy eats out of town. 

Those are all things he does by choice. He can very easily make the choice to be more frugal with tax payer dollars.

And not only can he do that, the school board can make it a matter of policy. In fact, they should've done that a long time ago. They should make changes to travel policy to save tax payers money and maximize their travel.

What is more troublesome is EPISD Board President Dori Fenenbock's defense of her close political ally. She said the number one goal was to restore public trust. How is public trust restored when your super, who already gets paid a boatload of money, is taking first class travel on the tax payers' dime?

To say the least, the optics are terrible. You're struggling to pay teachers but your super is taking first class trips and staying in luxury hotels that the district is paying for?

Thats some serious waste and reforms are needed right away.

And I'll go ahead and ask the question everyone else wants to know...

Why do Cabrera and Fenenbock need to travel to so many events together? Why is that a priority or a necessity? I get it, sometimes the Board President and Super need to attend things. But to the extent that they do at tax payer expense? Surely there is a more efficient use of tax payer dollars.

Remember I wrote recently that anything Fenenbock and Escobar do from this point forward is going to have some sort of campaign ramification? This is exactly the type of situation I'm talking about.

And this mailer writes itself.

8 comments:

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Jud Burgess said...

You failed to mention that Fenenbuck...ooops, I mean Fenenbock, as president of the EPISD Board of Trustees took 19 trips, almost DOUBLE the amount of either SISD or YISD Superintendents.

She also racked up $17,500 in expenses while the 6 EPISD board members totaled just $20,000 combined.

EPISD, and the “tonedeaf twins” (Cabrera and Fenenbock) in particular will not restore trust in the district until they raise the quality of local education for our #43 nationally-ranked Texas education and begin to respect and provide for educators.

The Lion Star said...

You failed to properly file finance reports.

So I didn't mention every single thing in the story - but you get my point about it.

Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Jaime, do you think that woman with all her money backers and fake media (EL PASO INC) actually has shot? She has so much baggage and a is fake Democrat to boot...why the hell does she think she can win?

Anonymous said...

You know what is interesting to me? Not one blogger is reporting on the EPISD trial. The culture at episd then is the same today. Fear and intimidation rule the day. As for this story, lets keep in mind Mr. Fiscal responsibility aka Dee Margo hired the guy and his top choice was unqualified for the position at the time of hire. That should serve as a warning for how he will handle the mayoral gig. Ethics has never been a strong suit of el paso "public service".

Good night and Good Luck

Anonymous said...

Know what's unfortunate? There are so many people who work for EPISD who are advocating for students, supporting teachers, working hard everyday in silence and in the background to help make education better, both on the campuses and at central office who are being thrown into the "corrupt" and "unethical" category. Many have lived through the Garcia era and this era and just keep on working through it all. I know the bad apples always get all of the attention but for once I want to say "thank you" to those who are educators for all the right reasons.

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Anonymous said...

he wanted to tell EPSID to the nation. Great job, now no one will come for sure.