Puig: consolidation of schools a 'massive move,' but so far, so good

By Robert Morales —

CCAISD trustees met briefly last Thursday night for a regular board
meeting. According to Superintendent Marc Puig, the school consolidation
process is in full swing for the junior high and high school.

New
murals have been painted by Juan Corral. Superintendent Marc Puig
described the process as a “massive move.” He added that the
consolidation will make the schools “much more efficient.”

Trustees
approved a consent agenda item regarding an El Paso Electric utility
bill. Mr. Puig explained that because the bill is considered a
“consumption expense,” no further approvals will be necessary. He added
that the current bill is on par with previous bills during the summer –
in the vicinity of between $8,000 and $10,000.

In other action, Mr. Puig recommended that CCAISD continue its relationship with Wells Fargo Bank for the next two years.

After
that period, trustees will be required to go out for bids again. “They
done a great job,” he said, “particularly making it easy for us to
process our payroll seamlessly.”

Trustee Lisa Cottrell commented
that she had been in favor of switching to Wells Fargo two years ago
when CCAISD transferred most of its banking from the previous Western
Bank to Wells Fargo. “I think we need to give [Van Horn Bank] another
shot at it. I think they’ve gone over and above trying to earn our
business back. The new bank has made efforts to become more community
minded. It’s a different bank and a different team.”

Mr. Puig
responded that trustees should consider Van Horn Bank at the expiration
of the contract with Wells Fargo. He explained that the cost of making
the transfer now would be prohibitive. “We should bring as much back
locally as we can,” he said.

Trustees later went into closed
session to discusss (a) matters concerning personnel and (b) consult
with attorney as necessary. No action was taken.