LA MIRADA ( — Hundreds of parents won a fight to keep a La Mirada elementary school open despite plans to shut it down because of budget cuts.

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep John Foster Dulles Elementary School open for three more years and hire a full-time principal.

Board members said it’s a start in the right direction and a commitment to save every school in the community.

Parents cheered and applauded the surprising decision.

“We’ve been protesting…petitions…we’ve tried everything and it worked,” grandmother Robin Soyle told KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel.

Trisha Wheeler said her son recently started kindergarten and just got used to going to Dulles.

“I don’t want to transfer him to another school. He made friends. And I went to Dulles when I was a kid. I love the school, I love the people,” she said.

Fourth-grader Stephanie Hernandez was happy to know she’ll see her teachers and friends Wednesday morning.

“I love it because they care about us. I’m glad they didn’t close it at all. I was scared that they were going to close it,” she said.


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