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El Paso ISD Officials: School Closures Vote to be Postponed

Thursday morning, the El Paso Independent School District Board President Trent Hatch announced the postponement of Thursday night’s discussion and vote on the proposed campus closures.

Via a news release, officials stated, “After extensive discussions with EPISD administration, Superintendent Juan Cabrera requested the postponement of the vote because it was determined that a near balanced budget could be presented for approval to trustees at tonight’s regular board meeting.”

President Hatch said the postponement will give the district more time to prepare for a potential closure of schools in the near future.

“I am grateful that administration, working with our teacher associations, identified cost-saving measures to get us closer to a balanced budget,” Hatch said. “Over the last few weeks, we have heard from the community regarding school closures and we want them to know that we take their input seriously,” he added.

“However, we are still committed to right-sizing the district because we want to invest in our students and teachers and secure the financial well-being of EPISD.”

Administration will continue drafting plans for the possible transitioning of students and staff upon approval of school closures by the board. EPISD will plan additional community meetings and informational sessions.

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.

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