EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas school district has abandoned plans to spend $100,000 on a study about whether to outsource four supervisory positions.
The Ysleta Independent School District has been in the spotlight for allegations of lavish spending by its superintendent, Michael Zolkoski.
The El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/12X6O02 ) reported Sunday that trustee Shane Haggerty said he questioned the spending of $100,000 on a plan that could start with supervisors and lead to layoffs of workers.
Arlinda Valencia, president of the Ysleta Teachers Association, said the study would have been more money wasted by Zolkoski.
Haggerty said he raised objections to the project and others also complained. The teachers group, which also represents maintenance personnel, electricians, plumbers and custodians, believed Zolkoski wanted to first outsource supervisory jobs and then move on to the workers.
The El Paso Times has reported that Zolkoski, paid $28,600 between September 2010 and July 2012 in rent for the district-owned house where he lives, while the district spent $20,000 on the property, much of it in wages for district employees for menial tasks such as sweeping his yard and picking up sticks and debris.
The newspaper also reported that over three years, the Reindeer Revue, a Christmas program in which Zolkoski's band performs, cost the district about $180,000. Zolkoski has denied that the expense of $108,000 in a state of the art recording studio near his office was for personal use. Instead, he said it was installed for students and communications staff.
District spokeswoman Patricia Ayala did not respond to requests for comment on the price of the project or the reasons behind its dismissal.
Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com