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BASTROP,La. (KNOE 8 News)-Dozens took to the podium and hundreds filled the seats of the Bastrop High School auditorium in hopes of saving their schools. One of those voices was Maneeka Williams.

"When I moved him back was their a program that could handle or give him what he needed and the only one I found was a Cherry Ridge" says Williams.
     Williams is one of many parents with an autistic child in the special needs program at Cherry Ridge and not on board with Superintendent Noflin's plan. The plan would consist of closing down both Cherry Ridge and HV Adams Elementary.

"The thing that I am afraid of is that if they take this away ok we are going to go back to where we started from the behavior issues and all these other things because they took him out of an environment" says Williams.

     But Tuesday night another plan was proposed by a committee of concerned citizens, and educators both past and present keeping the two schools open.
     Noflin says he's open to combining the two plans.  He just needs to reduce by 4-million dollars.

"If the board is flexible to allow us to join the two I think that would be the best possibility for the children in the district" says Noflin.

     And change in Noflins plan is the only thing that will silence those voices.

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