By: Christine Souders
The Moline School Board has voted, and their decision is to shut down Ericsson and Garfield Elementary Schools.
Without a doubt, school board members said this was a tough decision during a packed Monday night school board meeting.
Parents, and the Floreciente Community said because of the change, major obstacles are ahead for their neighborhood.
"My father-in-law helps us out. He walks my children to school for the same reason that both me and my husband works, so that's going to be a big issue, not just for myself, but for other parents," said Catalina Paredas, a Ericsson Parent.
Transportation and safety, are some of the major concerns parents now face, with students from Ericsson and Garfield schools having to either move to Hamilton or Lincoln-Irvin.
All part of the District's three year plan, members from various organizations including the NAACP, and educators from other Quad City Area Schools spoke on parents' and students'behalf to not close the schools.
But after everything, school board members said they had to look at the big picture.
This change is expected to save the District more than $2 million dollars, and Superintendent David Moyer said it help student achievement as well.
Now, the District will figure out a way to work with parents, and the nearby communities to make this a smooth transition.
"All the input that we've received will be considered for what needs to be addressed, and trying to make sure the parents feel comfortable, and in their communities and children are served appropriately," said Moyer.
The decision gives the school board the go ahead to select a contractor for Hamilton renovations, which Superintendent Moyer said is important to meet the District's timeline of 2014-2015.
District leaders said they will start the first steps on Tuesday, in trying to assemble committees,and talking about how the Ericsson building future usage; possibly transforming it into a community center.