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

HOUSTON

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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