Hundreds Outraged At SCS School Closures Meeting

(Memphis) Hundreds of parents, politicians, community members and students are outraged. More than a dozen schools could be shut down by the end of the year.

Thursday night, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson held a public meeting to discuss the proposed closings and listen to concerns.

So many people went riled up, they packed the auditorium spilling into the hallways.

“I was sad and disappointed to hear that my school is on the list to close,” said Daniel Peoples, student body president of Gordon Elementary. “We need to keep our school open.”

The 9-year-old is fuming. His school is one of 13 on the chopping block.

Hopson’s plan is to shut down 13 schools mostly in North and South Memphis. He said the schools chosen have the lowest enrollment and worst academic performance.

He said students would get a better education at another school, and it would save the district money.

Hopson’s idea didn’t go over too well at his public meeting.

“Most of the schools you chose to commute to would become over-populated. They would have more than 100 percent of students in those buildings. That is a design for disaster,” said Keith Williams, president of the Memphis Education Association.

Signs were waved and shouts were heard throughout the meeting. Parents even protested outside before it started.

“We don’t want them to think that we are just sitting and not being concerned about what goes on in our neighborhood,” said one parent.

Until the plan is set in stone, folks at the meeting said they will continue to fight to save their schools.

“This is a good school. They should not close any other schools on our neighborhoods,” said Peoples.

Hopson is expected to present his final plan to the board in February. He plans to hold more public meetings before then.

He said the schools can present a plan on how they will improve academically. If he and the board likes it, the school has a shot to stay open.

Schools on the list to close:

Alcy Elementary
Gordon Elementary
Graves Elementary
Klondike Elementary
Riverview Elementary
Shannon Elementary
Westhaven Elementary
Northside High
Corry Middle
Cypress Middle
Lanier Middle
Vance Middle
Riverview Middle

13 comments

  • Tasha

    Bottom line , if children are not going to school in these areas in which most don’t the schools lose funding. Close the schools down its a waste of money.

  • Melanie

    I don’t get it… Why are parents upset that these substandard schools are closing and their children get to go to a BETTER school? I believe they are just fighting for the sake of fighting.

  • Dee Jones

    I would get all technical on yall that oppose the school closings, but I won’t. I will just say, that I understand both sides and at the end of the day, as a parent I will have to do what’s best for me and my family. They just need to go ahead and do whatever they will do, so I can make a decision.

  • longgone

    Two words Teacher’s Union. They’re the one behind the protest.
    I support neighorhood schools but when the parents don’t care to get their kids to school then it’s time to close them.

    The 9-year-old is fuming. His school is one of 13 on the chopping block“I was sad and disappointed to hear that my school is on the list to close,” said Daniel Peoples, student body president of Gordon Elementary. “We need to keep our school open.” When you have a nine speaking for you, well thats says it all

    • gpeoples

      That 9 year old is sad and dissappointed because his school (Gordon Elem.) is NOT on any state failing list. That 9 year old is sad and dissappointed because the school board is recommending that he leaves a school that is NOT failing and shipping him over to a school (Caldwell-Guthrie) that IS failing.

      Gordon PTO President
      Gina Peoples

    • Don

      Kay,
      Where will they go to school?
      There are not enough students going to school is the reason the schools are being closed.
      There was enough students in the school before they were MCS.
      How does have these school’s taking over the schools now. You should have given a little more before you wanted.
      Think about this,

      Maybe the same voters who decided to give up the charter might want to vote to bring the 13 schools to be run by the old MCS school board that ruined the school.

  • Joe

    ignorant people protesting a sound decision to stop wasting money on failing and half empty schools

    WAKE UP PEOPLE…..WE CANNPT AFFORD TO KEEP HALF EMPTY SCHOOLS OPEN SO LITTLE JOHNNY OR LAKESHIA DONT HAVE TO GO A LITTLE FARTHER TO GET TO SCHOOL

    DEAL WITH IT

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