Located in El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Independent School District is the largest district in the Texas Education Agency's Educational Service Center - Region 19. With nearly 60,000 students in 94 campuses, EPISD also is the 12th largest district in Texas and the 61st largest district in the United States. It also is El Paso's largest employer with nearly 9,000 employees and has an annual operating budget of $483 million. Organized in 1883, EPISD is not only a large district, but also one rich in history. In 2008, EPISD celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Highlights of EPISD and Ft. Bliss Relations
The EPISD serves more than 6,000 military-connected students, which makes up 10 percent of EPISD’s total student enrollment.
- EPISD supports the Military Family Liaison program where 17 military liaisons serve 12 elementary schools, four middle schools and four high schools.
- The EPISD fully funds, maintains and staffs four elementary schools (Bliss, Logan, Milam, Powell) and one high school (Chapin) on military land.
- The EPISD was awarded $13.3 million in 2012 by the Department of Defense to rebuild Logan Elementary.
- The EPISD collaborates regularly with the Fort Bliss School Liaison Office.
- The EPISD supports the Partner in Education program, which that link Fort Bliss units with schools.
- The EPISD participates in the annual Fort Bliss Education Fair at the Centennial.
- The EPISD sets aside a day of pre-registration for the families of new students to the districts at designated campuses with a high concentration of military family members.
- The EPISD and Fort Bliss were awarded the General Pete Taylor Award for "Outstanding and Sustained Military and Community Partnership" in 2006.
- The EPISD Military Family Liaison program was named by Military Child Education Coalition as a "best practice."
- The EPISD has been awarded six Department of Defense Education Activity grants that target STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) initiatives at campuses with enrollments of more than 15 percent military family members.
- EPISD/Fort Bliss Collaborative Committee meet during the school year to provide information and discuss how both entities can work together to best serve the educational needs of military families. The goal of the committee is to build collaborations, establish initiatives, improve communication and ensure transparency. These meetings are open to the public and give parents an opportunity to ask both Fort Bliss and EPISD leaders questions and listen to concerns.