Parents made one last attempt to sway Richmond School Board Trustees in their favor of saving Daniel Woodward Elementary.
It’s one of three schools that could get the axe because of low enrollment.
Gina Mahil’s son attends Woodward Elementary, she made her last minute plea to school board trustees.
“When I was searching for a house, I checked this area because it is easily accessible for the school with no main roads and I heard it was a really good school When I think about the closure I get disturbed…because of the safety of students crossing unmanned unpredictable rail road tracks and main roads.”
During an hour and a half consultation Monday, Mahil brought up safety concerns. She says 73% of kids walk to school.
“The plan is when Woodward closes, all of the students would move to Thomas Kidd. All of these student would now be walking across the train tracks or Williams’s road which is a very busy intersections. And the railway tracks are unmanned and the train comes and goes all the time different times.”
She says there’s lack of consultation and that one day for an hour and a half isn’t enough.
But Trustee Debbie Tablotney says there will be more opportunities.
“On October 3 and October 17, those are both public meetings, parents are welcome to come out and ask questions.”
“This whole process kicked of July 2015. Since then we have been consulting with the community quite heavily in many different ways.”
The district will hold its final vote on October 17.
Consultations for Alfred B, Dixon will take place Tuesday and McKay on Wednesday.