Parents of Burleson, Schuster elementary schools to give input on school closure plans

    Burleson Elementary School

    A second community meeting about the El Paso Independent School District school closures was held Thursday at Burleson Elementary School and Schuster Elementary School.

    The focus of the meeting is to discuss what could happen to Burleson and Schuster Elementary schools.

    EPISD board members are set to talk about closing Burleson and moving students to Zavala Elementary School and combine Schuster Elementary School with Dowell Elementary School.

    Officials with El Paso ISD said the closures are happening because of low enrollment.

    Burleson Elementary School can hold 765 students but only had 373 in 2017-2018, and 371 for the current school year.

    Schuster Elementary can hold 374 with 231 students currently enrolled.

    Families in attendance seem tense.

    “I think there’s going to be a lot of parents mad, sad,” said Schuster Elementary mom, Leslie Molina. “I don’t think it’s fair for the teachers, nor for the students who have been growing here like her, since pre-K here.”

    "They're throwing us this pitch of this other school. We have a great school ourselves here,” said Jason Saenz a parent at Burleson Elementary.

    "I think that they already assume that they're going to close Burleson,” said Guadalupe Rodriguez a parent at Burleson Elementary.

    Parents and community members who wish to provide input on the proposed closure of schools being considered by the EPISD board of trustees can log on and have their voice heard. Using EPISD's Let's Talk customer-service portal, the district has developed a site where participants can learn more about the district's Rightsizing for the Future initiative and give their concerns and opinions. The website can be accessed by logging on to

    While there, participants can review presentations, read frequently asked questions and provide input that will be relayed to the EPISD board of trustees in anticipation of the discussion on school closures scheduled for January.

    The board is set to vote on closures on Jan. 22.

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