Two Moline schools could soon be closing the books for good. Wednesday night some concerned parents let their voices be heard.
The Moline School Board has recommended Garfield along with Ericsson Elementary be closed down.
The districts new plan would filter students into other area schools and renovate Hamilton Elementary. Educators say once the project is done it would save the district more than $2 million a year.
But Superintendent Dave Moyer says that's not the only reason for the plan.
"By not doing this project and not achieving the academic benefits we don't think we're preparing students as well as we could for what they need to be ready for when they graduate."
But some Garfield alumni don't want to see the old school torn down.
"The children of today and tomorrow are the most important thing however I think we have a tremendous history here at Garfield that I think most schools don't have."
And that's not the only issue folks have with the proposal, many students at Ericcson walk to school, the district doesn't have busses, and many parents don't have cars so they say it would hard to get them to other schools.
Susan Tucker's son goes to Garfield and she's worried about something else.
"I'm concerned about space and some of the class sizes as it is."
But Superintendent Moyer says this is the best move for the district, and he will try his hardest to help everyone adjust.
"We're weighing everything and we're sensitive and if the board approves this plan we'll certainly try to work though all the issues relates to all the families in all of the attendance centers that would be effected."
The school board is expected to vote on the closures on May 13th.
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