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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.

El Paso ISD Selects Names for Bond-Consolidated Schools

Trustees in the El Paso Independent School District picked the names of one a beloved middle-school coach, a legendary UTEP basketball icon, a bilingual education advocate, a respected veteran and philanthropist and an Irvin High School coach who just last year died while protecting his student athletes during a tragic bus accident for five of the eight schools that will be consolidated through the EPISD Bond 2016.

“The names our schools have had for years have served us well, but we are excited about this new era in EPISD,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “We feel the names selected by the Board will help celebrate the students that will attend these modern schools for years to come.”

During Tuesday night’s meeting, board members approved the new names of the five campus consolidations expected to be completed within the next four years.

The consolidated campuses with new names are:

• Bradley/Fannin consolidation: Dr. Joseph Torres Elementary School.

• Dowell/Schuster/Crosby consolidation: Coach Archie Duran Elementary School.

• Henderson/Clardy consolidation: Dr. Josefina Tinajero PK-8 School.

• Lincoln/Bond/Roberts consolidation: Coach Don Haskins PK-8 School.

• Ross/Hughey consolidation: Coach Wally Hartley PK-8 School.

School names were chosen after an extensive community-based process that included students, teachers and community members. The public was asked to submit name suggestions for each campus, and a committee reviewed each name in order to provide trustees with recommendations.

The story behind the names is as varied and diverse as the students in EPISD. They include:

Dr. Joseph Torres was selected as the new name for the Bradley/Fannin consolidated school because of his contributions to the country as a World War II veteran and humanitarian in El Paso. Born in 1923, Dr. Torres attended El Paso High and the Texas College of Mines (now UTEP). He was a navigator and bombardier during the war and retired as a colonel with the U.S. Army.

A dentist by profession, he founded the El Paso chapter of the American G.I. Forum and provided free dental care to low-income students in the community.

Arcadio “Archie” Duran Elementary School will be named after the Irvin High School track and basketball coach who in 2017 died tragically in a bus accident when he and his students were returning to El Paso from a track meet in Lubbock. Duran was a beloved educator who is credited with giving hundreds of students access to competitive sports.

He was an Irvin High alum and grew up in the Northeast, where the new school is located.

Dr. Josefina Tinajero PK-8 School, the consolidated Henderson and Clardy campus, is named after a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and a renowned advocate for bilingual education. A graduate of Jefferson High School, Dr. Tinajero grew up in the Clardy Fox neighborhood.

Her advocacy for bilingual education helped establish programs nationwide and improved access to education for children whose first language is not English.

Coach Don Haskins PK-8 School bears the name of the storied head basketball coach of the UTEP Miners. The school is the consolidation of Lincoln/Roberts/Bond. In 1966, when UTEP was known as Texas Western College, he and his players won the NCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship (the only Texas school ever to have done it to date) and made history by starting five African-American players for the first time ever in the tournament. He coached 38 seasons at UTEP and had only five losing seasons in his career.

Coach Haskins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: once as a coach and a second time as a member of the 1966 Miners.

Coach Wally Hartley PK-8 School is the consolidation of Ross/Hughey. It honors an educator at Ross Middle that coached football and track for 28 years. He is cited as one of the most influential people among former Ross students and found great success both on the field and in the classroom.

Coach Hartley was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame – the only Ross coach to have that honor.

Board members selected names using District policy, which states that facilities should have names of geographic areas or individuals and concepts that celebrate the history of the District, El Paso, Texas or the United States.

The school-naming process for the other school consolidations that form part of Bond 2016 is already underway; those schools include MacArthur/Bonham, Morehead/Johnson and Terrace Hills/Collins.

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.

El Paso ISD Schools meet State Accountability Standards

The six EPISD campuses that received Improvement Required last year are now rated as Met Standard in the 2016 Accountability Ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Monday.

The six schools that improved their rating from Improvement Required to Met standard are Guillen and Terrace Hills middle schools as well as Burnet, Rusk, Schuster and Stanton elementary schools.

Ratings show all but two El Paso Independent School District campuses received the Met Standard rating – the highest given by the TEA – based on testing scores and other guidelines.

EPISD plans to appeal the rating of Bowie High School and the College, Career and Technology Academy based on an internal review that seems to indicate that both schools could have earned a higher rating than they received.

“Our students keep showing improvement thanks to the high-quality teaching that is happening throughout EPISD. Nowhere is it more apparent than in those six schools that improved their ratings this year,” Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “We also continue work the data we were provided to make sure that our schools receive the rating they deserve given their hard work and their results.”

A review of figures for Bowie and CCTA indicate that the test results for both schools were close to the Met Standard level. The District is therefore asking the state to re-assess the ratings for both campuses.

Ivonne Durant, EPISD’s deputy superintendent for academics and school leadership, said there’s reason to believe both Bowie and CCTA earned high-enough scores to be rated Met Standards, and hopes the state review of both campuses will mean a reverse of their current rating.

“EPISD has adopted several new initiatives that look to challenge students to learn in ways that are challenging and forward thinking. Those initiatives already have created better learning environments,” Durant said. “Our desire in filing this appeal for Bowie and CCTA is to accurately reflect student performance in those two campuses.”

El Paso ISD offers Parents four Pre-Kindergarten Options

The El Paso Independent School District this upcoming school year will offer four different options for families interested in enrolling their children in prekindergarten classes.

“Early childhood education is how we provide the foundation for children to become successful throughout the rest of their educational career,” said prekindergarten facilitator Mindy Caldwell.

One of the biggest initiatives to boost early childhood education is Universal Pre-kindergarten, which gives 4-year-olds the opportunity to enroll at one of the eight sites throughout the District regardless of income or language status.

“It is going to provide more opportunities for students to become school-ready by the time they enter kindergarten,” Caldwell said.

Barron, Bond, Cielo Vista, Crockett, Kohlberg, Fannin, Travis, Schuster and MacArthur elementary schools will offer the program. Students must be four by Sept. 1 to qualify.

Thanks to a two-year state grant the District will also open an additional 250 pre-K slots for qualifying students at Burleson, Collins, Guerrero, Hart, Park and Travis elementary schools.

In addition, the grant will allow EPISD to offer prekindergarten classes at five YWCA daycare centers throughout the city. More than 200 half-day slots will be available. The partnership allows parents to drop off students at YWCA where they can stay before and after class.

“This program is going to allow working parents to drop off their kids in the morning and pick them up after work, relieving some of the stress that came with enrolling in students in traditional half-day programs,” said EPISD Deputy Superintendent for Academics and School Leadership Ivonne Durant.

Families must meet federal qualifications to enroll in the YWCA program. Non-qualifying students may enroll if there is space available.

The participating YWCA sites are Angela Guevara, Patricia Rogers, Carlisle, Kastrin and El Paso Community College Transmountain.

The District is also piloting a program aimed at providing early education to general education to 3-year-olds.

“This is something brand new,” Caldwell said. “We’ve had special education students who are three but now general education students can attend pre-K. It’s the same eligibility as the four-year-olds. They need to meet eligibility requirements and be three by Sept. 1.”

For information on how to enroll parents are encouraged to contact the specific campus where they would like to enroll their child.

“We are excited about all these new initiatives,” Caldwell said. “We are looking forward to seeing how this is going to impact our earliest learners.”

To enroll, click on the link below or call Student and Parent Services at 230-2080. Click here to enroll your child!

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Universal Pre-k to be offered at eight EPISD schools starting next school year

Eight campuses in the El Paso Independent School District next year will offer free dual-language pre-kindergarten to families who may not meet federal EPISD plans to open 16 new pre-kindergarten units – eight in the morning and eight in the afternoon – at the selected sites, which cover the geographic area of the District.

The selected sites are Barron, Bond, Cielo Vista, Crockett, Fannin, Kohlberg, MacArthur and Schuster elementary schools.

“This expansion of our pre-kinder classes allows us to bring our high-quality programs to even more students,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “EPISD is seen as a leader in dual-language education, and this expansion will give more families the opportunity to participate and reap the benefits of dual language, as well as science, technology, engineering, the arts

EPISD currently offers free pre-kinder to students who are English language learners or come from low-income, military or homeless families. Parents who don’t meet these requirements may pay tuition at schools that have space available.

The 16 new pre-kinder units will be available to all families on a first-come-first-served basis regardless of their socio-economic standing. EPISD is an open enrollment District that takes students free of charge from throughout El Paso County.

Registration information will be released later this spring. Ivonne Durant, EPISD’s deputy superintendent of academics, said the district expects to have a strong interest in the pre-k programs, especially because of the added academic rigor that will be placed on those classes.

On top of the dual-language component, the pre-kinder classes at these eight campuses will have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) focus.

“It is never too early to start and we want to make sure our students are very well prepared to tackle these important subjects right from the start,” Durant said. “We want our students to have the language, technical and artistic skills they need and deserve to be successful in life.”

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