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Local teacher union says EPISD teachers affected by closures will keep their jobs

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Some teachers with the El Paso Independent School District are worried about their jobs, since the district announced it’ll be closing 10 elementary schools over the next three years.

The district has stated that everyone will keep their jobs, even through the closures.

Which is something the El Paso American Federation of Teachers said is true.

"There are enough openings now, within the district and through retirements,” said Ross Moore, president of El Paso AFT.

The district has created a plan to close three schools in the 2018-19 school year, four schools in the 2019-20 school year and three more in the 2020-21 school year.

"I was ready to vomit,” said Sheri Reiter, speech pathologist at Rivera Elementary School. “We were all blindsided."

Rivera is one of the schools that is slated to close next year.

Reiter said it was a shock to hear that her school was on the list.

"I just didn't expect it to be my school,” she said. “Well, we're heartbroken. Angry at the district. I think it's more - we feel betrayed."

Teachers say they’re worried about their students, but they also want to make sure they’ll still have jobs.

"They've already signed their contracts for the 2018-19 school year,” said Moore. "They're locked in, absolutely."

He said everyone will keep their jobs, including staff and hourly employees.

“Nobody is going to get pushed out of a job by relocations,” he said.

KFOX14 requested an interview with EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera.

The district told us he was in meetings all day.

So we went to the central office to try to talk with him, but that didn’t happen.

Moore encourages anyone with questions or concerns about the closures to reach out to the EPISD trustee for their respective district.

EPISD will hold community meetings next Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the district’s Professional Development Center, 6500 Boeing, Building K.

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