DALLAS - Parents of Bonham Elementary School students pleaded with district officials Thursday to find a new plan, that doesn't include shutting down the school.

Bonham Elementary is one of 11 Dallas schools earmarked to be closed down due to budget concerns.

Why would you do such a silly, stupid thing? said one parent.

In the midst of a storm, why sink the flagship, added another.

Bonham Elementary is considered one of the district's best elementary schools. But its low enrollment and old building make it expensive to keep up.

The students would be relocated to existing schools, and administrators say closing the campus and 10 others would save the district $11.5 million per year.

I truly believe that is something we have to do, said board member Edwin Flores. I'm personally ready to move forward with these recommendations.

But board members don't all agree on how the district should save the money.

Trustee Carla Ranger warned that hurting successful campuses might not be the best move.

Money is very, very important, but there are some things we have to do with education that override the monetary benefits, she said.

The proposed closings are a result of a recent demographic survey that showed that some Dallas schools were losing students because families were moving out of certain areas.

The projections also showed that over the next few years, more parents were expected to enroll their children in private or charter schools.

Board members are expected to take action in January.


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