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El Paso ISD to Gather Input on School Closure Plans; Announces January Meetings

Parents and community members who wish to provide input on the proposed closure of schools being considered by the EPISD Board of Trustees can log on and have their voice heard.

Using EPISD’s Let’s Talk customer-service portal, the District has developed a site where participants can learn more about the District’s Rightsizing for the Future initiative and give their concerns and opinions. The website can be accessed by clicking here.

While on the website, participants can review presentations, read frequently asked questions and provide input that will be relayed to the EPISD Board of Trustees in anticipation of the discussion on school closures scheduled for January.

The Board is considering two options on the potential closure of three schools and early consolidation of Schuster Elementary School, which already had been slated for a merger with Dowell and Crosby elementary schools as part of the Bond 2016 program.

According to EPISD officials, “Rightsizing would create fiscal sustainability in EPISD and streamline the number of campuses the District operates.”

Option 1 of the plan calls for the closure of Alta Vista, Beall and Burleson elementary schools, and the early consolidation of Schuster. Option 2 would close Alta Vista, Douglass and Burleson, and also include the early consolidation of Schuster.

The District also has scheduled a series of in-person community meetings at potentially-impacted campuses to discuss the proposed rightsizing plans.

The meetings are scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

• Jan. 9: Alta Vista, 1000 N. Grama St.; and Beall, 320. S. Piedras St.

• Jan. 10: Burleson, 4400 Blanco Ave.; and Schuster, 5505 Will Ruth Ave.

• Jan. 11; Douglass, 101 S. Eucalyptus St.

El Paso ISD to Host Community Meetings on Proposed School Closures

On the heels of last week’s El Paso Independent School District Board decision to  released the timeline and list of proposed campus closures, officials announced Monday opportunities for community members to give their input.

According to the EPISD news release, the Board of Trustees have scheduled two community meetings next week to share information and gather input.  The community meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19, at the EPISD Professional Development Center, 6500 Boeing, Building K.

The closures are proposed over the next three years. The campuses being considered for the 2018/19 school year are Beall, Schuster, Moye.

Proposed closures for the 2019/20 school year are Hawkins, Rivera, Rusk and Alta Vista. Campuses proposed for 2020/21 are Bonham, Johnson and Roberts, which had previously been approved under the 2016 Bond.

Trustees will provide information on the process and proposed plan, as well as hear concerns from community members. The closures are being considered by the Board as a long-term solution to decreased funding related to continued projected declining enrollment.

The Board of Trustees will formally discuss the proposed closures during the next regular board meeting on June 21.

Two Elementary Schools To Get School Zone Flashing Lights

The City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department will begin installing school zone safety lights at two elementary schools on September 19th, 2016.

The school zone flashing lights will be installed near Johnson Elementary, at 499 Cabaret Drive and Lamar Elementary, at 1440 E. Cliff Drive.

The work is part of a School Zone Safety project funded by the City of El Paso and the Texas Department of Transportation. When completed in the summer of 2017, the projects will have provided ten campuses across El Paso with school zone flashing lights, ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, as well as appropriate signage and markings which will alert motorists of the school zones, and draw attention to pedestrians and school zone speed limits.

The campuses programmed to receive the flashing lights are: Benito Martinez, Jane Hambric, Paul Moreno, Beall, Park, Dr. Nixon, Johnson, Lamar, Kohlberg and Vilas. The installation of the equipment at the Jane Hambric and Benito Martinez campuses is complete, while work continues at Paul Moreno, Beall, Dr. Nixon and Park Elementary Schools.

The work is a part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s regional comprehensive transportation system.

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

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