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Protesters kept up the pressure on the Moline School district at its third meeting discussing possible school closures.

The board will vote on a plan to close Garfield and Ericsson Elementary schools on May 13th.

Moving those students into bigger buildings.

The plan has drawn a very negative reaction from parents of Ericsson students.

One of their main concerns is how students will get to class.

They don't like the idea of having their children ride a city bus.

Metrolink provides two thousand rides per day to Moline students.

The bus service actually adds extra busses to routes during the times students are going to and from school.

However, Ericsson parents don't want their elementary students to ride the bus because it's public.

Metrolink confirms that anyone who wants to ride the bus can do so at any stop as long as they can pay the fare.

That's been a major issue for those parents fighting to keep Ericsson open.

They want to walk their kids to school.

The school district though just completed a transportation study last week.

It finds that nearly half, 45 percent, of students going to Ericsson school get there by car.

Either with their family or in a car pool.

Superintendent David Moyer says he hears the concerns from parents.

The district is already speaking with Metrolink.

"We're working to try to have pick up and drop off points that are school routes not general ridership routes," says Moyer.

He says the district is not required by the state to provide school busses.

Ericsson students would also transfer to Lincoln Irving, one mile away.

That's under the mileage limit where Illinois would normally subsidize school bus routes.

The superintendent says the district will have two years to find a way to get these students to school.

The Moline school board will vote on the closure plan in two weeks.

It will take another two years before the buildings begin to close.

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