Parents surprised by elementary school closure

Parents surprised by elementary school closure

Parents said they were surprised by the El Paso school district's decision to close Burnet Elementary School in northeast El Paso after this school year.

"It's a bit of a mixed feeling," Zelonna Livingston said. "I went to Burnet Elementary and now I have an 8-year-old in third grade going to Burnet Elementary and (my other son is) going to pre-K at Burnet Elementary."

The EPISD board approved the proposal Tuesday night to close the school for the 2018-2019 school year.

The district said over the years, enrollment's dropped too much. Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the number of students has dropped steadily from 341 to 266.

"There are many elementary schools in the same area, so there's not too many children that can go to this many elementary schools," Livingston said.

Rochelle Easley will have to send her three kids to another school.

"It's going to be kind of a downfall because they got used to the kids here," she said.

EPISD said it's adjusting the attendance zones to send students to Powell, Logan or Bliss Elementary schools.

"I'm very concerned just for the fact that there's going to be more students at Bliss," Bliss Elementary parent Elizabeth Paz said.

Paz hopes the district will take the more than $1 million a year it saves from closing Burnet and put it toward other schools.

"If there's going to be more students going over there, hey, can we get some help," Paz said.

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