9 Memphis Schools to Close for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year

Posted on March 1, 2014



Screen_Shot_2014-03-01_at_12_08_36_AMThe Shelby County School Board recently voted to close nine of the thirteen Memphis schools slated for closure in the 2014-2015 school year. School supporters from many of the schools filled the auditorium during the public comment portion of the meeting protesting the school closings.

Despite the protests and pleas by school supporters to keep the schools open, the nine schools that will close this upcoming school year are Cory Middle School, Cypress Middle School, Shannon Elementary School, Klondike Elementary School, Vance Middle School, Lanier Middle School, Westhaven Elementary School, Gordon Elementary School, and Graves Elementary. The board came to the decision to merge Riverview Elementary and Middle School to create a new K-8 school and to keep Northside High School and Alcy Elementary open for the 2014-2015 school year. When making the decision to close the schools, the school board took into consideration school enrollment, resources, aging infrastructure, and failing proficiency scores among many others.

The closing of these schools will not only displace thousands of Memphis students, but it also will lead to the placement of some of these students in schools that have even lower academic achievement than their original schools. This is a concern for many community members that believe the closing of these schools will lead to their students to fall behind even more than they already are. A new school, a new community, and a new curriculum and teaching style are just some of the things that these displaced students will have to overcome in the 2014-2015 school year.

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