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The tension is building in Moline over a school closure plan that would shut down two elementary schools.

As parents speak out and hold their own press conference vowing to keep their school open.

The district says the plan would save about 350-thousand dollars and would strengthen the academic environment for all Moline students.

However many parents are not happy about combining students and staff into bigger buildings.

Parents from the Floreciente neighborhood don't believe the district is providing them with all the answers they need if this plan is adopted.

They feel their students will suffer academically, and their main goal over the next couple of weeks is to convince the school board to keep their neighborhood school Ericsson Elementary open.

25 parents and students protested earlier at the school district's meeting.

Chanting and holding signs to voice their displeasure at the potential loss of their school.

The district says it would like to keep the building open as a community center, but it cannot afford to spread its resources over scattered neighborhood schools.

The parents disagree.

They asked pointed questions of Superintendent David Moyer and would interrupt him at times if they felt they weren't getting the answers necessary.

They want to know how their students will get to school.

The district says they could ride a public bus designated for students only.

The parents aren't sure how they could pay for that.

Their biggest concern, though, remains their children.

They don't believe moving kids from one school to another will benefit the students.

Marina Varella says, "I think that our kids would be at a disadvantage, our kids are being moved out of our neighborhood, they need a different form of transportation."

Superintendent David Moyer says, "There are details to be worked out, there are a lot of conversations we have to have, and there are things that can't be definitively explained right now."

The school board will vote on this plan roughly two weeks from Monday.

Board members say they are taking parents concerns very seriously.

The Moline school district will host one final information meeting on Wednesday at Garfield Elementary school.

That meeting starts at six o'clock.

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