Three MCS Schools To Close

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(Memphis) This is the last school year at Graceland Elementary, Georgia Avenue Elementary and Lakeview Elementary.

Their closures come after a vote by the Board of Education Tuesday despite pleas from parents to keep the schools open.

The board made the decision because those schools are hundreds of students below operating capacity.

When Graceland Elementary closes at the end of the school year they will demolish this building and the school board is considering the sell or lease of Lakeview Elementary and Georgia Avenue Elementary school.

A.L. Heinz has lived across the street from Lakeview for 12 years.

He’s scared the vacant building could turn into a haven of crime and destroy his neighborhood, "I tell you with it closed down like that we’ll have to be careful about a whole lot of robbing and things,” said Heinz.

Curtis Wilson had six daughters attend Lakeview Elementary.

He says many of those students live with senior citizens in the neighborhood, and transportation could be an issue, “Transferring them from out of the neighborhood where they’ve been attended could be a disaster on the senior citizens."

Students who go to Graceland or Georgia Avenue now will be transferred to Raineshaven and Robert R. Church Elementary next year, and Lakeview students will be sent to Manor Lake Elementary.

MCS will provide transportation due to distance and safety concerns.