Parents pack Fleming Elementary school to discuss plans to close 5 HISD schools

Hundreds of parents attended the meeting at Fleming Elementary school to discuss plans to close 5 HISD schools
February 17, 2014 8:40:46 PM PST
Parents are not wasting any opportunity to speak out against an HISD proposal to close five Houston schools. Tonight parents packed Fleming Elementary in hopes of convincing officials to keep the school open.

The crowds at community meetings at two HISD schools on the closing list were fired up. Trustees and administrators present at either meeting got earfuls.

Dozens of parents, former students and neighbors spoke tonight about why they want the Board of Education to reject this proposal to close five schools, Jones High School, Fleming Middle School and Dodson, Henderson and Port Houston elementary schools.

Monday night's meetings were held at Fleming Middle School and Port Houston Elementary. Those in the standing room only crowds urged parents to band together.

"The people have to have a zero tolerance attitude from this point on. As sure as they have to pay taxes, the school district to listen to we, the people, and not the other way around," said Civic leader Travis McGee. "We pay their salaries. They don't pay our salaries. So, keep our schools open."

HISD board trustees will take this for a final vote on March 13.

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