The El Paso Independent School District dropped a bombshell this week when they announced that a budget deficit of $7 million is forcing them to consider closing a number of schools throughout the district. District officials said they are looking at schools that are under 65% capacity as ones that might be closed in the future.

EPISD has already made the move to consolidate schools under the almost half-billion dollar bond that was voted in last year:

Henderson Middle and Clardy Elementary
Lincoln Middle, Bond and Roberts elementary schools
MacArthur and Bonham elementary schools
Morehead Middle and Johnson Elementary
Terrace Hills Middle and Collins Elementary
Dowell, Schuster and Crosby elementary schools
Bradley and Fannin elementary schools
Hughey Elementary and Ross Middle

The El Paso Times posted a list of schools that are at or under 65 percent capacity that are not on bond list:

Burleson Elementary School
Zavala Elementary School
Rusk Elementary School
Logan Elementary School
Douglass Elementary School
Beall Elementary School
Aoy Elementary School
Cooley Elementary School
Travis Elementary School
Lamar Elementary School
Armendariz Middle School
Alta Vista Elementary School
Barron Elementary School
Bliss Elementary School
Zach White Elementary School
Hawkins Elementary School

KTSM is reporting that the district has now put up sixteen properties for sale. There are vacant schools and undeveloped land that could possibly be desirable to developers on the list.

South El Paso
Alamo Elementary

East/Central El Paso
SPED Remote - Zuni Cottages

Burnet Elementary
NE Tennis Center
HS-5 Far Northeast Vacant Land
Moye ES Vacant Land - Dyer (2x)
Northeast Vacant Land - Transmountain & Kenworthy
E-17 Northeast Vacant Land
Wainwright Vacant Land
Former LaFarelle Alternative Campus - Railroad/Hercules
Bradley Elementary Vacant Land
Hondo Cottages

E-11 Montecillo Land
West Bus Annex Vacant Land
Herrera ES Vacant Land

EPISD says it still has no idea which schools might need to be closed to balance the disrict's budget, but a spokesperson said the first step in the process would be to liquidate the current EPISD real estate inventory.

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