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SCS board approves Hopson's recommendations on closings

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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It was an emotional Tuesday night at the Shelby County Schools board meeting in Midtown Memphis as tough decisions were made on school closings.

Ten of the 13 schools on the list of proposed closures will shut their doors next school year. Two of the schools will be combined into a K-8 school.

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Cheers and boos were plenty at the meeting where SCS board members voted and made the very tough decision on closing schools.

This is what they voted to change from that initial list of proposed closures. First up, Riverview Elementary and Riverview Middle schools were both initially on the list of closures. However the board approved Superintendent  Dorsey Hopson's recommendation is to keep the middle school open and have a K-8 building.

Board members also approved Hopson's proposal to request money from the Shelby County Commission to construct a new building for Westhaven, Fairley and Raineshaven elementary schools, however that means Westhaven will still close before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Also, Alcy elementary will remain open next school year, and the district will wait one year to vote on the closing of Northside High School.

While the district voted on closures, Superintendent Hopson said he hopes community members continue to support the school district. He also discussed how he hopes to improve the student achievement at the schools that are remaining open.

He said first the district will invest in the technology for blended learning, and secondly, allow principals to select staff. Superintendent Hopson also recommended additional administrative support to give principals time to focus on instruction.

Lastly he suggested to add resources that will help improve literacy scores.

Hopson said closing these schools all comes down to poor student achievement and what the district has been doing in the past simply isn't working. So it's time to try something new.

Superintendent Hopson was delayed in getting to Tuesday' board meeting because he was in Washington, D.C., meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Proposed Closures for the 2014-15 School Year

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