Recent Event Highlights: Pupil services presentation on contract, Mendoza emails Superintendent Garcia about Lewis' questions, Mendoza responds, Madrid writes to Mendoza, EPISD trustees vote to extend contract, EPISD extends contract to New Beginnings, and 20 more...
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Trustees Carlos Cordova and Sal Mena resigned from the board, citing health reasons.
EPISD’s office of pupil services gives a presentation. The presentation stated that the contract lacked “specificity.” Mendoza says the district could perform the same services for $580,000, instead of the $925,000 it is paying New Beginnings. New Beginnings provides a separate presentation and asks that the contract be renewed. The district breaks off with New Beginnings on a 2-0 vote. Trustees David Dodge and Patty Hughes vote to sever ties with New Beginnings and conduct the same services in-house. Trustee Charles Roark voted present, while Trustee Sergio Lewis did not vote. Trustees Lisa Colquitt-Munoz, Carlos Cordova and Sal Mena did not attend the meeting.
Mark Mendoza sends an email to Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia addressing questions from Trustee Sergio Lewis about the New Beginnings chain of command. In the email, Mendoza says that while on the Paul Strelzin radio show Lewis was asked by a caller about Sonny Garcia’s position with New Beginnings. Lewis said he was told that Sonny Garcia was a “minor employee.” Lewis later asked Mendoza if Sonny Garcia was listed as an employee or as the Chief Executive Officer of New Beginnings. Mendoza said Garcia was in fact the CEO, a change in title from his previous marketing director positions.
Mark Mendoza, head of pupil services, responds to a letter from Madrid. In the letter Mendoza says Madrid cannot extend a contract without district agreeing to it in writing.
Madrid submits a letter to Mendoza asking that the company be allowed to “exercise our contract option to continue the delivery of truancy, dropout and gang prevention services for the 20072008 school year.” Madrid also states that he will all be sending the review information requested Mendoza to EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia and the school board. And, Madrid says he wants the contract option renewal to be placed on the board agenda for June 26, 2007 to avoid a break in the contract.
EPISD trustees vote, through consent agenda, to extend the Dropout, Truancy, Gang Intervention and Prevention Program contract with New Beginnings for 12 months at a cost of $925,000.
EPISD administrators extend Dropout, Truancy, Gang Intervention and Prevention Program contract with New Beginnings for 12 months. The extension would run from June 14, 2006 to June 13, 2007, pending approval of the board.
Pupil services director Art Peralta responds to the principal. Peralta said he addressed the concerns with District Attorney Matt Moore, who was assigned to the truancy court, New Beginnings administrator Chilo Madrid and EPISD chief of police Armando Nava. The response states that the parties will be cautious in ordering parents to attend school with their children.
An EPISD principal expresses concerns about the truancy court, established through New Beginnings, ordering parents of students to volunteer at the campus. The principal says one parent did not pass the screening and asked that background checks be conducted on all parents who were ordered to be on campus and around children.
Administrators and New Beginnings officials meet at Bowie High School to discuss concerns over whether case managers from the company have enough enforcement. School Board trustee Carlos Cordova attends the meeting.
New Beginnings’ six-month evaluation report on its Truancy, Gang Intervention & Dropout Prevention Program.
Board members, through their consent agenda, approve the Dropout, Truancy, Gang Intervention and Prevention Program at a cost of $925,000 annually. The contract is to be covered with federal funding from Title I, Safe & Drug Free Schools, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. No board minutes are available for this meeting.
New Beginnings of Texas, Inc. is the only bidder for the contract. The company changes its nature of business from “human services” to “truancy and gang intervention and prevention service entity.” The company lists its total gross sales in the last two calendar years as $605,850. It offers a bid of $925,000 annually for three years.
A new request for proposal is issued by EPISD that combines dropout recovery, truancy and gang prevention. The proposal was mailed to five organizations and downloaded by nine vendors.
New Beginnings submits its own progress report on the Gang Intervention and Truancy program for the month of November.
Judge Alfredo Chavez sends letters to school district superintendents asking them to consider a countywide truancy plan that was crafted with New Beginnings of Texas, Inc. and Aliviane.
Cirilo “Chilo” Madrid and Sonny Garcia provided an update to the board on the Gang Intervention and Prevention program at Bowie, Irvin and Andress high schools and Guillen Middle School. The power point presentation with 11 slides claimed that between August 2004 and October 2004 the program conducted 51 successful gang interventions, which it described as “fights prevented, jump outs, mediations, drug interventions, and etc.” The pair also claimed that their company expedited 487 truancy cases and raised average daily attendance at the schools. No specifics were provided on how this was accomplished. The two also claimed engaging 333 parents between Sept. 2003 and Aug. 2004, although the contract did not begin until July 2004.
Handwritten notes of a school district meeting about New Beginnings of Texas, Inc. mentions two schools—Bowie and Irvin—are participating in the Gang Intervention and Prevention program and suggests that participation may extend to 11 schools at a cost of $105,000 per school. The note states that Art Peralta, then the head of Pupil Services, is “against it” because pupil services was “never brought into the picture.” The note also says New Beginnings is getting all the credit and the district has the resources to continue carrying to program.
EPISD trustees vote to extend the Future Graduates contract with New Beginnings for 10 months at a cost of $324,875. The contract will be paid for with SCE funds.
EPISD administrators extend Future Graduates contract with New Beginnings for 10 months. The extension would run from Sept. 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, pending approval of the board.
The Table Model is presented.
Gang Intervention and Prevention Program 12-month contract for $216,000 is awarded to New Beginnings of Texas, Inc. The contract is expected to “reduce gang activity in two designated high school feeder patterns.” Federal funds including Title I, Safe & Drug Free Schools, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were used for the program.
New Beginnings is the only bidder for the contract. The company touts its nature of business as “human services” and reports its gross sales in the last two calendar years to be $780,000. It offers a bid of $12,000 per month for the initial high school and $6,000 a month for each of the other designated high schools and feeder patterns for an initial period of 27 months.
Seven companies download the bid information. They were Velasco Consulting, NAYSC, Retrospects, Hilton El Paso Airport, Artist Touch, Computer Labs, Inc. and New Beginnings of Texas.
EPISD issues request for proposal on a Gang Intervention and Prevention Program, seeking a program that will reduce gang activity in two high school feeder patterns, with special education students being the primary focus. The RFP said it expected that the contractor would assign a truancy examiner that will hold truancy hearings and identify gang related students. Deadline was June 1.
School board members approve the contract extension with New Beginnings for another year at a cost of $454,825. The contract was paid for with SCE funds.
EPISD administrators extend New Beginnings contract for 14 months. The extension, which was signed by Madrid, would run from July 1, 2003 to Aug. 31,2004, pending approval of the board.
El Paso ISD’s Research, Evaluation, Planning, and Accountability issues a progress report on Breaking the Cycle/Rompiendo el Ciclo. The author of the progress report is external evaluator Fernando Rodriguez, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Rodriguez also worked for New Beginnings, the company he was evaluating for EPISD.
New Beginnings provides an update titled “Back on Track: Results from a Survey of 122 EPISD Drop Out Students.” The report gives a sampling of telephone finding about why students dropped out and what they are doing now but it never address any attempts to get former students to return to school.
A final yearlong contract from July 1, 2002 to June 30,2003 that increases the amount the district will pay for the program to $389,850 is approved unanimously by the board. The district decides to use State Compensatory Education funds—monies meant to increase the academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate of identified students in at-risk situations—to pay for the program.
Administrators say the RFP yielded only one proposal from New Beginnings Inc. which addresses the services requested. Bid packets were mailed to five people —all of who worked for New Beginnings though the mailing list only gives their names not their affiliation. Mena moves to approve awarding the $350,000 contract to New Beginnings pending negotiations. It is approved unanimously.
El Paso ISD issues a request for proposal on what it calls its “Future Graduates Program” to reduce student dropouts and reenroll students who have left the district. The $350,000 RFP said providers should have a four-year degree and experience working in educational or social work fields. It also said the program would be evaluated by the district’s research and evaluation staff in the “areas of grades/credits earned, test score results, attendance, office discipline referrals, and student recapture data.
During a school board discussion on the Breaking the Cycle/Rompiendo El Ciclo Dropout Prevention and Intervention Project, Sal Mena moves to issue a request for proposal on a dropout prevention program. The board approves it unanimously and asks that it be brought back.
Cirilo “Chilo” Madrid provides a presentation to the board on a proposed dropout recovery pilot project called “Breaking the Cycle/Rompiendo El Ciclo” at the request of Board Member Sal Mena. He recommends that EPISD accept the $640,350 pilot project that will “involve approximately 300 students and 400-plus parents from 14 elementary, middle and high schools.
Cirilo “Chilo” Madrid submits a letter to EPISD Superintendent Gilberto Anzaldua and board members proposing that the district consider a “Prevention and Intervention and Dropout Recovery Pilot Project” under sole source rules.