Declining enrollment and budget shortfalls differ for EPISD, YISD

Declining enrollment and budget shortfalls differ for EPISD, YISD
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:42pm

The El Paso Independent School District is seeing a $12 million-dollar budget shortfall after seeing declining enrollment over the last two years.

But they're not the only large local school district to lose students.

Ysleta ISD has lost more than 3,100 students over 10 years, but the district's superintendent says they won't have to face major cuts like EPISD because they've anticipated losing more students.

"It's a challenge and you never know how much you're going to decline and with declining enrollment comes declining revenue, money. And with less money, you always worry that you may not have all of the programs that you've had in the past," said Superintendent Xavier De La Torre.

The district is landlocked and has nowhere to grow, with EPISD to the west and Socorro ISD to the east.

El Paso ISD lost 910 students from 2012 to 2013, but only has lost 164 students over a 10-year period.

Socorro ISD is the only district currently growing, adding more than 14,000 students over 10 years.

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