COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --A crowd estimated at about 700 turned out at East High School Tuesday night, most pleading with the Columbus City Schools Board of Education to keep their school open. 

It was the public's last chance to voice their opinions on the proposed closings, an effort to trim $50 million from the budget.  The school board is scheduled to vote on the plan next Tuesday.

Schools that could be closed includee Brookhaven and Independence High Schools, Monroe Middle School, and Arlington Park, Fifth Avenue, Maybury and Siebert Elementary Schools. Officials say those schools were chosen because of declining enrollment and high renovation costs.