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11 Memphis-area schools recommended for closure

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is suggesting closing 11 underutilized schools as a way to save money.

The schools would close during the 2014-15 school year. The list includes two Memphis middle schools (Corry and Lanier); five Memphis elementary schools (Shannon, Riverview, Alcy, Graves, and Westhaven); and three Memphis high schools (Carver, Westwood, and Northside).

Also on the list is one Shelby County school - E.A. Harrold Elementary in Millington.

The idea, still in the initial stage of a long process, has attracted opposition.
"Let's invest in these school buildings ladies and gentlemen," said school board member Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Jr. "I refuse to tell another poor child, 'well you've got to suck it up, let's close all of them.' No, no, I'm not going to do it.  I'll be outvoted 22-1, but they're not that stupid."

A vote on initiating the process is expected at the next school board meeting.

There must be several public hearings and the closures must come before the board for another vote before any schools can be closed.

Rev. Whalum also said he doesn't think the school merger will be complete when the new school year starts up in August. He was never in favor of the merger.
Next Tuesday he plans to ask the board to petition federal Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays overseeing the merger to delay the process for a year.

If this plan sounds familiar, it is. A similar resolution written by school board member Tomeka Hart died in March.

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