EL PASO, Texas – — Two members of the El Paso Independent School District Facilities Committee quit during a meeting Thursday night about the future bond for the district.
The committee members who walked out were two people from the Chamizal community, Guillermo Glen and Hilda Villegas.
Their reason behind leaving is because the committee is proposing to close Beall Elementary School and transfer students to Zavala Elementary.
Glen and Villegas and their Chamizal community do not want that to happen. They said the air quality is worse at Zavala Elementary, because it’s near U.S. Highway 54.
The Beall Parent Community petitioned the district to keep Beall open because of its central location and the access it has to residents.
During the meeting, the two members left even though no final decision has been made on the matter.
“It’s only two of us,” Villegas said. “If it’s only two of us voting against it, it will still be approved.”
“It’s a volunteer committee, and we can’t force anyone to stay with us,” said Melissa Martinez, the spokesperson for EPISD. “They started it with us, and we hoped they would end with us. We appreciate all the work they’ve done up to this point. But again, no decision has even been made yet.”
Villegas said Beall Parent Community is starting to move forward with legal council.
“We went ahead and resigned, and as a community, we’ve gone ahead and consulted lawyers,” Villegas said. “They already signed a contract with us.”
No recommendation of of school closures will official be made until the district submits its bond proposal. The deadline for that is Aug. 22.