Students, parents react after HISD vote to close Dodson Elementary School


Last night, HISD decided to put its plan to close schools into action. But it's only shutting down one school -- Dodson Elementary -- and parents are not happy.

"I'm just upset because I've been here a lot of years, so I'm just upset," Kenneth Collins, Jr., said through tears today.

It was a tearful morning for students and parents at Dodson Elementary after a vote by the Houston ISD board last night to close the school next year.

"I'm still upset," said parent Darline Houston. "I'm upset to the point my head is hurting. I left the meeting with a headache. I still have a headache."

That meeting was so emotionally charged that trustees had to call a recess after chanting by parents and calls for the firing of Superintendent Terry Grier.

One-hundred and twenty people signed up to speak against closing Dodson, but their efforts failed. The vote to shut down the school was 5-4.

"I just wish they could keep it open and make some other kind of plans, and make it better," said parent Sade Wiggins.

As for Jones HS, another school up for a vote, it'll be repurposed into a school allowing people to get high school degrees and high school degrees. It won't have a sports program.

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