El Paso Unbiased College District’s longtime deputy superintendent of finance and operations has resigned to work for Fort Value ISD, months after she was placed on paid depart.
Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria’s departure creates one other open top leadership position that new Superintendent Diana Sayavedra should fill, which incorporates chief of employees and communications director.
Fort Value ISD introduced Arrieta-Candelaria’s rent as its new chief monetary officer on Jan. 4. The Tarrant County district has about 25,000 extra college students than EPISD.
Her resignation from EPISD took impact Jan. 7, based on a Dec. 17, 2021, letter she despatched then-Interim Superintendent Vince Sheffield.
Arrieta-Candelaria has not returned a name for remark.
She was positioned on paid depart in early May, together with then-Chief Educational Officer Tamekia Brown. On the time, EPISD wouldn’t disclose the rationale behind this motion, calling it a “personnel matter.”
District spokesperson Gustavo Reveles didn’t return an e mail searching for an up to date assertion.
The 2 directors had been placed on depart days earlier than the Board of Trustees met behind closed doorways to evaluate an inside audit into contracts with educational service distributors.
The audit found “an appearance of conflict of interest” between former Superintendent Juan Cabrera and two distributors, in addition to inadequate or nonexistent documentation for different contracts. Cabrera resigned in November 2020.
The district’s inside auditor advisable that high-level directors be reminded of their fiduciary duties and the method for elevating issues of potential wrongdoing. The auditor’s findings didn’t single out any particular person directors.
In early Could, Arrieta-Candelaria alerted the auditor to Cabrera’s son’s employment with one other district vendor.
In August, Arrieta-Candelaria launched a press release via lawyer Lynn Coyle saying, “Ms. Arrieta-Candelaria must be actively engaged in her duties because the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations. She is anxious to serve the scholars, dad and mom and lecturers of the district as the brand new 12 months has already begun.”
Brown resigned from her put up on Aug. 31. At the moment, she informed El Paso Issues in a press release: “I’ll all the time cherish the six years I’ve been capable of serve in EPISD and I’m happy with what my staff and I’ve completed collectively.”
Reveles, the district spokesperson, stated final month the chief educational officer put up was “closed, pending evaluate by the incoming superintendent.”
Within the eight months Arrieta-Candelaria was on depart, she acquired roughly $150,600 earlier than deductions, based on pay stubs EPISD launched to El Paso Issues.
The Board of Trustees is scheduled to debate a grievance attraction from Arrieta-Candelaria at its particular assembly Tuesday. Particulars of the grievance haven’t been made public.
Previous to her 2016 hiring, Arrieta-Candelaria served on the state-appointed board of managers that led EPISD within the wake of its dishonest scheme. The board employed Cabrera in 2013.
Arrieta-Candelaria performed a significant function in overseeing EPISD’s 2016 bond program — which at $668.7 million is the biggest in county historical past.
Cowl picture: Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, then deputy superintendent of finance and operations for El Paso Unbiased College District, helped lead a celebration of the completion of development work at Crockett Elementary College in February 2020. (Picture courtesy of EPISD)