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3 charter schools to open in former Bishop Byrne

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

What used to be the former Bishop Byrne middle school and high school will soon become the home of three new charter schools in Memphis.

The former Catholic Diocese of Memphis-owned campus at 1475 East Shelby Dr., will transition over to Influence1, a charter school foundation that recently purchased the property from the diocese.

Diocese to close Bishop Byrne

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Bishop Byrne closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year in May.

Influence1 administrators said having the Whitehaven property will allow it to grow and expand three charter schools it operates. The three charter schools are City University School of Liberal Arts (350 scholars, grades 9-12), City University Boys Preparatory (140 scholars, grades 6-8) and City University Girls Preparatory (90 scholars, grade 6).

With school beginning by the end of July, Influence1 has the tremendous task of renovating the campus in order to house the schools and a community art gallery, 1Urban Gallery. In addition to replacing the school's roof, upgrading technology, updating classrooms and administrative offices, the campus expansion and preparation also includes renovation of but not limited to:

  • Library
  • Multiple science labs
  • Theatre
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor classroom
  • College Preparatory Center

While the renovations will continue throughout the academic year, the overall learning environment will not be interrupted, Influence1 administrators said.

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