By Steve Pickett

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas School Board is facing mounting pressure to dismiss a proposed closure of area schools in an effort save money.

The school district has called for a school consolidation plan. It includes closing 11 area elementary and middle schools.  The plan could save the district $11 million dollars in expenses each year.  DISD has announced a projected $25 million deficit for its next school year.

Outside school district headquarters, a small group of adults held up signs and chanted “Keep Schools Open.”  The group is connected to Arlington Park Elementary School.  The school, which sits in Dallas’ medical district, is on the consolidation list.

“We want to talk to the top man”, demanded Rev. Marion Barnett.

Rev. Barnett and others entered school district headquarters wanting to meet with interim superintendent Alan King.  The meeting didn’t happen.  “We want trustees to know, if they vote for this, we will vote them out”, Barnett said.

The school system’s Citizen’s Budget Review Commission outlined areas to decrease spending for DISD.  Schools defined as under utilized with dwindling enrollments should be shuttered, and students should be moved to larger nearby campuses.

“No one wants to close schools,” said Todd Williams, the chair of DISD’s budget commission.  Williams said DISD must do something to tackle the decrease in state-allocated funding.

The Board of Education will meet Thursday afternoon to vote on the school consolidation plan.

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