Parents voice concerns about recommendation to close Valerie Elementary

Parents voice concerns about recommendation to close Valerie Elementary (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Parents in Dayton voiced concerned to FOX 45's Rhonda Moore after a recommendation from Dayton Public Schools officials to close Valerie Elementary.

The district said repairing the older school will cost $2 million.

"To take a school out of a community, that's pretty bad," said grandparent Gloria Barbour.

Parents and grandparents picked up young children at Valerie Elementary Wednesday, while the news of the potential closure was still processing.

"When they get used to one place and then put them someplace else where they have to get used the community, they have to get used to school, the teacher they had ," Barbour said. "So, so it's pretty like yuck, yuck, yuck."

The district said Valerie is costly to repair and maintain.

"it's an older school, but why close something that is working?" asked parent Dwayne Cargle.

The school board is expected to decide next week whether to close Valerie. If they decide to go ahead with it, the doors will close for good at the end of this school year.

The current plan would be to have Valerie students attend Meadowdale next school year

"I took my daughter out of Meadowdale just because of the lower standards," Cargle said.

"I don't know about Meadowdale," said foster parent Veronic Jenkins.

Jenkins has foster children at Valerie, and doesn't want to move them.

"These kids are very structured, they don't run up and down the hallway," she said. "They have to walk and they know this. They're having fun."

There are nearly 415 students at Valerie who could be affected by the school board's final decision.

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