Online petition started to stop closure of Dupre Elementary, other LISD schools

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Dupre Elementary School in the Lubbock Independent School District
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LUBBOCK, Texas — An online petition was started on November 4 to stop the Lubbock Independent School District’s plans to close Dupre Elementary School and thwart future school closures within the district.

LISD announced a proposal to close the school, which is located in the 2000 block of Avenue T, in mid-October.

“We have seen the numbers decline each and every year until this year we are actually less than 200 students,” said LISD Superintendent, Dr. Kathy Rollo told EverythingLubbock.com.

Rollo said because of this decline the closure became a matter of economics and the cost per student.

“This is something that overtime the district has been working towards to try and be able to number one be efficient,” said Rollo.

Students at Dupre Elementary will be given the choice to go to either Carmona-Harrison or Brown Elementary School.

The school district held a community meeting on November 1 regarding the proposed closing.

Following that meeting, the online petition was created, according to a press release from Lubbock Compact.

According to the release, Lubbock ISD has closed at least 10 schools in the last decade.

Results of the petition will be presented to the LISD school board on November 11.

The vote to close Dupre Elementary is expected to take place at that meeting.

Below is that press release that was provided to EverythingLubbock.com on Tuesday from Lubbock Compact.

Petition Created to Stop School Closures

A petition created in response to the proposed closing of Dupre Elementary gains steam

  • LISD has proposed that Dupre Elementary in the historic Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood should be closed, citing declining enrollment, despite having no official enrollment threshold requirement for schools to remain open.
  • Parents and community members met with LISD Superintendent Dr. Kathy Rollo and other School Board members on November 1st to express their concerns.
  • A petition was started on Thursday, November 4th, in response to many in the community feeling that their voices were not being heard, gaining more than 100 signatures in less than 24 hours.
  • LISD has closed at least 10 schools in the last 10 years.
  • The aim of the petition is to stop school closures in LISD, encouraging signers to withhold their vote during upcoming School Board elections from any member who votes to close a school going forward.
  • Citizen concerns include overcrowding and lower academic performance at receiving schools, and the effects of school closures on Lubbock’s communities and economy.

Lubbock, TX, 9 November 2021 — Following a meeting with LISD School Board members on November 1st regarding the proposed closing of Dupre Elementary, a petition was started in response to many in the community feeling that their concerns were not heard.

Created on Thursday, November 4th, the petition gained over 100 signatures in less than 24 hours. The petition aims to stop the practice of closing neighborhood schools in LISD, after at least 10 schools have been closed in Lubbock in the last 10 years, by encouraging signers to withhold their vote during upcoming School Board elections from any member who votes to close a school going forward.

Citizens who oppose the school closing have cited several concerns, including the effects of school closures on Lubbock’s communities and economy.

Local citizen action group Lubbock Compact plans to present the results of the petition to the LISD school board at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, November 11th, where the discussion and vote on the proposed redistricting of Dupre Elementary will take place.

The petition can be viewed and signed at https://www.change.org/NoMoreSchoolClosures

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