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Addressing the fate of Wright Elementary

Posted: 8:24 PM, Dec 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-06 21:31:29-05

TULSA, Okla. — Richelle Crosslin is the mother of a 6-year-old deaf student at Wright Elementary.

"If they don't have room at the school for all of our gen ed teachers, what's going to happen to our program?," Crosslin said.

She's talking about the program for deaf students.

"This school has been a staple in the deaf community," Crosslin said. "We have peers from the community that come in and mentor our children."

Crosslin says the program is one of two in the state that specialize in deaf education, she's also concerned she'll lose the family she's gained from being at the school.

She's hoping Friday afternoon's meeting will open school board member Brian Hosmers eyes about parents concerns.

Crosslin emphasized that her son needs time to adjust, and she's afraid she won't have enough time to introduce him to an new environment if it goes through.

Community member Kelsey Royce agrees.

"When school buildings are closed its more than just closing the door on a building," Royce said. "You are closing the door on the community."

She and others in the community asked why cut from students when administration spend millions on consultants?

Hosmers acknowledged their frustrations and plans to speak with the superintendent about parent concerns.

Parents also complained they are always notified of news last.

Royce tells me that needs to change, and Friday's meeting is just the beginning.

"It's not going to close," Royce said. "We are going to fight. They need to give us a better reason,"

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