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NPT: School district backs off: Neighborhood schools to remain open

For background on the issue, click here. Here’s the news release just sent from the EPISD:


Officials from the El Paso Independent School District announced today
that Houston and Zavala elementary schools in Central El Paso and
Schuster Elementary School in Northeast El Paso will remain open for at
least two years. District officials indicated that there has been a
significant amount of support to keep the schools open and that they
want to give an opportunity to the supporters to help identify and
implement solutions.

Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, superintendent of EPISD commented: “We have
received a tremendous amount of community input asking us to take a
closer look. It is great to have this kind of community support for
these neighborhood schools and if we can focus this same energy on
increasing attendance and school involvement at these schools then it
can be a win-win situation; we will be diligent with taxpayer money and
students will continue to excel.”

The District had recommended the closing of these schools due to low
attendance, aging buildings and the availability of nearby schools that
are newer and have more resources. Some parents, teachers and community
leaders want the District to take a closer look at adding programs to
attract more students to these schools, consider transportation costs to
bus children to and from nearby schools and the cost of improvements to
the older schools, and consider other ways to keep children in the
neighborhood from transferring to other schools.

Trustee Carlos Flores, who represents the Houston Elementary School
community stated: “We must remain accountable to our tax payers by
including them in critical decisions such as school closures, the Plan
for Excellence, and the future of the school district. By slowing down
this process, our district is committing time and effort to collaborate
with taxpayers in order to achieve the best results for the students in
the affected communities.” Flores said that he is willing to take a
leadership role in these meetings and looks forward to the dialogue.

Garcia mentioned that the information that has already been collected
will be analyzed and used for a springboard for future community
meetings throughout the District. A task force will be created and
Garcia will ask the new Board president to assign a trustee to lead this
task force.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is a first!!!! I finally feel the citizens have a voice is our government’s decisions and the EPISD’s decsions. We who have family attending these public schools will work for their betterment. Thanks for giving us a chance.

    Thank God

    May 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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