Getting their young son to and from school is an easy walk for Jamie Burton and Lawrence Andrus. But in the fall, their son will have to attend somewhere else. Arlington Park Community Learning Center is closing for good.
"It's pretty sad because people's grandparents came to this school. It's been open for a long time", Burton said.
This is the former Arlington Park Elementary school and has been in Dallas’ Arlington Park neighborhood since 1957. It was built for black children who could not attend school with white children.
Sam Tasby led the push to get the school built. Four of his children went to Arlington Park and he doesn’t want to see it closed.
"I'm very disappointed now because there are quite a few kids here now going out there", Tasby said.
"I can't figure it out because they continue building schools and it just doesn't make sense to me. They continue building schools to close down schools they've already got operating", he said.
This is just one of ten schools the Dallas ISD is closing to save money. The district says low enrollment cannot justify them staying open. Arlington Park is pre-k through five with 230 students. The district says nearby schools have room to accommodate those students.
The district estimates it will save $11.5 million dollars in administrative, utility, and maintenance costs by shutting the schools down.
When the announcement was made back in January, it sparked protests. But it wasn’t enough to keep the doors open.
"It's been very tough. We have a lot of parental support, a lot of community support. Parents came out from the moment they heard that there was a possibility of us closing but when the final decision came down through the district, they were really right there with us", said Nikia Smith, principal of Arlington Park.
Employees who plan to stay on will also moving to new schools.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun