HISD students react to elementary campus closures

May 13, 2011 5:58:02 PM PDT
As Houston ISD prepares to close down four under-attended elementary schools, parents and students are trying to come to terms with the decision.

As we showed you late last night, trustees voted to close Grimes, Rhoads, McDade and Stevenson elementary schools. Students will be allowed to attend any other campus they choose.

On Friday afternoon at Stevenson, we found that many parents picking up their children also attended the school when they were kids. And the young students have various concerns about the closure.

"I'm gonna miss my friends and I'm scared I won't get to see them again," one student said.

"I'm going to be scared because this is the only school I go to," another said.

"I don't want this school to shut down, it's like my learning home," a third said.

"I was hoping to graduate from all the way to middle school; it's all up in smokes," a fourth student said.

The district is still deciding what to do with the campuses once they're closed.

Meanwhile, students currently zoned to McDade would be redistributed among Paige, Cook and Kashmere Gardens elementary schools. Rhoads Elementary and Grimes Elementary students would attend the Woodson pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school. Stevenson Elementary would be redistributed to Memorial and Love elementary schools.


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