Parents fighting to keep Bealls Elementary open

Parents fighting to keep Bealls Elementary open.

Parents at Beall Elementary School in south central El Paso organized a petition to keep the El Paso Independent School District from closing the school.

EPISD announced Thursday it’s considering closing schools to save money.

Parents of students at Beall Elementary School are afraid their school could be selected.

“We know it probably fits the criteria that the district has put out there of the schools they might look into closing,” Hilda Villegas, with the Beall Parents Committee, said. “We as parents are organizing and preparing ourselves to defend our school if that comes to be.”

Villegas said the committee hopes to have at least 400 signatures by the next board meeting on June 21.

“I feel that it’s going to come to the point of, if they do make a decision of which schools to close, it’s going to be which community decides to defend their school and is able to really come together to do that,” she said.

Beall Elementary has a capacity of 714 students but only has 365 enrolled, according to numbers from EPISD. That means the school is 51 percent filled.

About two dozen parents, including Francisco Velasco, whose two sons go to Beall, signed the petition after school on Friday afternoon.

“We need this school open because our kids need education here and the school’s near our houses,” Velasco said.

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