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The future of two Moline elementary schools is up for a vote tonight.

School board members will meet at Wilson Middle School at 6PM.

The school district has proposed closing Ericsson and Garfield schools to save money, consolidating the students and staff at those buildings into different elementary schools. One big concern for parents is getting their kids to school every day.

We're talking about kids who are between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. The district wants to consolidate and close their schools, looking at options to use or sell Garfield and re-purpose Ericsson as a community center.

Relocating students means changes to transportation. Bussing is a worry for parents who don't live within walking distance.

Their kids will have to take the city bus to and from school. The district plans to have those students take a city bus. MetroLink currently provides 2,000 rides per day to Moline students, but Eriksson 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.

However, the school district completed a transportation study; they found nearly half, 45 percent, of students going to Ericsson school get there by car.

Superintendent David Moyer says he hears the concerns from parents, but if the plan is approved the benefits to the entire district will outweigh some of the costs.

"We cannot make every decision based on everybody's individual interest which means there are times when people are not going to be happy with us," says Superintendent David Moyer.

School officials say this 3 year plan it would save about $350,000 dollars and would strengthen the academic environment for all Moline students.