EL PASO — With the El Paso Independent School District, and now the Canutillo Independent School District now dealing with leadership and administration problems, some fear businesses could decide that setting up shop in El Paso may not necessarily be in the best interests of employees with children.
According to Richard Dayoub, President and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, out of town businesses are often well aware of the ongoing cheating scandal within the EPISD.
"We have really, one of the better educational systems, public education, in the country, certainly in the state, and that unfortunately, has been overshadowed by the events of the last, now 2 years," said Dayoub.
Dayoub also said the Chamber will likely now also have to address the Canutillo ISD's recent decision to suspend its superintendent, Dr. Damon Murphy, among allegations that he orchestrated a cheating scheme similar to the one orchestrated by former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia.
To read more about the allegations against Murphy, click here.
When businesses are trying to decide whether to set up shop in El Paso, they consider the concerns of their employees with children who could potentially attetnd a school in the El Paso or Canutillo School Districts.
"We're doing the very best we can to remedy the challenges with the administration, or in this case, some cases, administrations, plural, so we can clean up that program," said Dayoub.
Dayoub said businesses considering a move to El Paso have no reason to be concerned, and reassures them that their employees' children will receive a quality education.
"For you as an employer, considering our market, what you should be concerned about is, will your employees children get a good education in El Paso? And the answer is yes," said Dayoub.
Cindy Ramos-Davidson, the Chief Executive Director of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce agrees that El Paso has an enormous amount of talent among the youth of El Paso, and believes that's what businesses should know.
"What we need to do as a community now is take all of that enormous talent and sell it to the world, and when we do that, business and industry will come to El Paso," said Ramos-Davidson.
However, Ramos-Davidson said there is also room for improvement, and that is one of the things she hopes to address with the newly appointed board of managers.
"I will tell you our business members tell us that right now there are some gaps with some of the young adults that work in their businesses, in their writing skills, in their communication skills," said Ramos-Davidson.
Both Dayoub and Ramos-Davidson said they are confident in the abilities of the members appointed to the EPISD board of managers.