DETROIT (WXYZ) - Ladonna Moore was saddened to learn Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School would be consolidating with two different schools.
“This is one of the best orthopedic schools in the area,” said Moore. “This is the only orthopedic school in the area.”
Oakman has many kids with disabilities and special needs enrolled at the school including Moore’s son, who has Cerebral Palsy.
“My son needs nurses attention daily. He has seizures,” said Moore. “He needs therapy and everything. He gets all that here. So what are they going to do about his therapy? What are they going to do if he has a seizure? Are they going to have enough nurses in this next school to be equipped for him?”
According to DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts’ new plan, the students with special needs will move to Henderson Elementary.
The other students will soon attend Noble Elementary.
A school spokesperson told 7 Action News, there will be the same amount of nurses will be on hand at Henderson as there is at Oakman.
He added there is a brand new special education program at the school with a lot of trained teachers. School officials said Roberts drastically reduced the number of schools closing from 28 down to four.
Still, some parents feel the move is too sudden.
“It terrible that they have to replace them somewhere else,” said parent Robert Carr. “It’s going to be inconvenient for the parents as well as the kids.”
“I think it’s awful because they haven’t given them enough notice, you know, enough time,” said grandparent Annie Fulton.
Thursday afternoon, a parent group placed a sign at the door of the building . It said “Oakman school will be closing. If you want to save our school…come to the parent center please.”
The group is hoping to come up with a plan.
“We just felt like there was no say,” said parent Aliya Moore. “I want to fight because our babies deserve it.”
“I love this school and I love the kids and I love all of the kids in the community,” said parent Derrick Williams. “This is our community. This is our school.”
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