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Conservators from the Texas Education Agency speaking to public following appointment to SISD

UPDATE - Conservators from the TEA, Michael Hinojosa and Andrew Kim, addressed the public today as their work begins trying to assist issues within SISD.

Hinojosa and Kim, both former superintendents, addressed the topic of a more than $33m deficit, which ABC-7 reported could rise over the 2024-2025 school year.

"It's not linear. Fixing these systems in these finances is doable. It's just going to make difficult decisions," said Hinojosa, who is the lead conservator appointed to SISD.

 "It's a long, long process. It wasn't just one decision. It's many decisions," Kim said, in regards to where a multi-million deficit can come from.

Hinojosa did say the deficit has gone down and there have been moves made by the district to improve the situation.

Steve Lecholop, deputy commissioner for governance at the TEA, addressed the recent arrest of two SISD Board of Trustee members.

"It would be premature for us to make any decisions or any assumptions about what transpired or what might be the response from the agency," according to Lecholop.

The conservators said they also cannot comment on the matter.

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The conservators assigned by the Texas Education Agency have arrived and are working with the Socorro Independent School District.

ABC-7 reported back April that the TEA appointed two conservators to address a litany of issues within the district.

The conservatorship was accepted by the district back in March 2024, following a vote by the SISD school board.

The conservators will be addressing the media and the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and a Board of Trustees meeting will take place later in the evening. ABC-7 will have full coverage all evening.

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