Dallas parents say news of Science School closing a surprise

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by SHELLY SLATER

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Posted on January 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 19 at 10:04 PM

DALLAS - A beloved science school is closing its doors.

The Museum of Nature and Science at Fair Park will no longer run a science school when it moves into the new building right off Woodall Rogers.

The problem is that parents said they didn't see the closing coming and now they're scrambling for answers and looking for new schools for their kids.

Fifty-seven families found out Tuesday that the Science School inside the Museum of Nature and Science will close at the end of July.

Cara Wood called the school, which her son attends, a hidden gem.

"There was a great amount of misscommunication and it was kind of kept from us that the school would be closing," she said.

Parents said they could have helped by creating fundraisers and brainstorming sessions to find a plan B.

"I am also upset that the museum management will not work with the parents to come up with a solution for the science school, temporary housing, something until we came up with a permanent solution for future school years," she said.

"We have tried for several years to have a wonderful solution for our schools and we've had a variety of challenges, space and location challenges," said Nicole Small, CEO of the Museum of Nature and Science.

So, after a meeting that was at times intense, Wood said parents walked away empty handed.

"I feel like today we were told a bunch of excuses and that there is no real movement to want to work with the parents for permanent solutions to preserve the science school," she said.

"It's a sad day for the museum, but we're really excited about the hundreds of thousands of kids we will be able to serve at the downtown facility," Small said.

The location in Fair Park is owned by the City of Dallas so its future is up the Parks and Recreation Department.

The new Museum of Nature and Science off Woodall Rogers opens in early 2013.

E-mail sslater@wfaa.com

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