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It's upsetting news to many families.

Two schools are on the line to be cut in the Moline School District - Garfield and Ericsson Elementaries.

Many parents received the news today.

Of the 180 students that go to Ericsson, only about 6 of them speak English as a primary language.

With no busing in Moline, many parents pick up their kids from school.

And today finding out that the school that has been a beacon for Hispanic heavy Florciente neighborhood, may be closing it's doors. 

The Moline School Board will make it's final vote on May 13th - but not before the public gets it's voice heard.

Three open meeting are scheduled so people can speak their minds and give their opinions. 

But district leaders don't expect people to accept the closings easily.

"I'm hopeful that once the shock is done that it will be positive. I know it will be a good thing," says Ericsson Principal Juanita Terrenz.

But parents aren't happy.

"I transferred my daughter here for Lincoln Earving because of the Hispanic, the bi-lingual surrounding, "says Jamie Vincent, mother of a current Ericsson student. "I want my daughter to know. I love it. It's better to know for better jobs and to make more money."

The district says the closings will provide better learning experiences for every student.

With less schools to spread around to - more resources will be available to kids everyday like nurses and school counselors that are part time at a lot of schools in the district. 

The first public meeting is set for Wednesday the 23rd and 6 PM.

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