Grandmother May Have To Move After Houston Closes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 6:41pm

Parents and teachers are left wondering what is next after the El Paso Independent School District voted to close Houston Elementary.

We're told that teachers from will be put on a priority list to fill vacancies at other schools in the district as they open up.
As far as students, they will have to attend nearby schools, leaving behind their friends and favorite teachers.

"Yes, it's sad they made this decision," said Nancy Echevarria in Spanish. She lives across the street from Houston. Her daughter attended Houston and so did her 7 year old granddaughter, Mia, until the school board voted to close it down to save money. Now Nancy has no choice but to move.

"Because I am handicapped and I use a cane, I need something close so I can bring my granddaughter," Nancy said.

She's not the only one who's upset. We asked Mia, who received all excellent marks on her report card, how she felt when she first heard her school was closing.

"That I will feel sad, and I will not come again to that school," Mia said.

"They didn't warn us with enough time and we have to move to another house, and that's expensive," Nancy said in Spanish.

As for the teachers at Houston, they will be put on a priority list to fill vacancies as they open up at other schools within the district.

Lucy Clark is the president of the El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel. She said she hopes the district cuts everything else before they cut positions.

"Something does have to be cut somewhere," Clark said. "I would much rather that people stay employed." But she remains hopeful that students will not suffer.

"It is difficult to watch but i believe the district will get through it," Clark said.

For now, Mia and her grandmother will have to pick up their things, including the books Mia's teachers gave her study over the summer. Teachers that she might not see at her new school next year.

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