Parents protest possible closure at Dallas' Bonham Elementary

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 19 at 12:46 PM

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DALLAS - Parents from Bonham Elementary are speaking out against the largest campus reorganization in Dallas ISD history.

The district is considering a proposal that aims to shut down 11 schools. The move could save the district nearly $11.5 million.

"I will do whatever it takes to not see this close," said Sophie Tijerina, whose nephew attends the school.

Bonham, located on Henderson Avenue, sits in the middle of an economic and housing boom. More families are moving in. The pre-kindergarten through third grade campus is also an exemplary school, and has been nationally recognized for its academic success.

For parent Shon Bhardwaj, the possible closure doesn't make sense.

"Please reconsider, because they have worked so hard to be where they need to be," Bhardwaj said. "It will be a letdown for everybody, a great loss, a shame."

For the district, the consolidation proposal is about cost.

"This has nothing to do with academic performance," said DISD spokesman John Dahlander. "It has everything to do with the number of students attending that specific school, and if it makes financial sense in order to do so and to continue to do so."

Bonham's PTA has already launched a petition drive to save the school.

"We are going to fight," said PTA vice president Antonio Bhardwaj. . "The school is not going to close, period."

The district plans to hold public hearings on the proposal. The board of trustees is expected to take a vote on the issue in January.

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