Low enrollment to close Loma Elementary School
“Loma was never built as a permanent school,” Seymour said. “But we kept it in good shape over the years.” The growth of small businesses and factories now outnumber residential units and contributed to the declining student numbers, officials said. A public hearing was held at this week’s school board meeting. While no residents spoke on the issue, district officials held an information session with Loma parents. Though most residents understood the decision, some parents were upset by the news, Seymour said. Nancy Roberts, an eighth-grade teacher at Potrero school, said she was only concerned about the logistics of having 200 extra pupils on an already crowded campus. A new 22-classroom, two-story building will be completed in time for the school year will help, but the campus is not expanding, she said. Roberts though remained supportive of the decision. “The students were already going to come to Potrero,” she said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Loma Elementary School is closing at the end of this academic year because of low enrollment. The 200 elementary students will attend Potrero Elementary School, a K-8 school, in the fall. Loma students usually enroll at Potrero for seventh- and eighth-grade years. Jeff Seymour, district superintendent, said fluctuating enrollment numbers over the years – from a high of 370 students to the current crop of 200 – delayed the decision until now. The district may use the site for office space or use it to house district programs. With the addition of Loma Elementary students, Potrero’s population will reach about 1,000 students this fall. All 10 Loma school teachers will move to Potrero this fall.