Parents 'silenced' with index cards during school closure - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Parents 'silenced' with index cards during school closure meetings

Only district leaders spoke publicly on the proposed closure of Riverview Elementary School Thursday. Only district leaders spoke publicly on the proposed closure of Riverview Elementary School Thursday.
Some parents say they have been silenced by the Shelby County School District during community meetings concerning school closures. Some parents say they have been silenced by the Shelby County School District during community meetings concerning school closures.
  • Inside KAIT8.comMore>>

  • Parents ask district to 'save our schools'

    Parents ask district to 'save our schools'

    Friday, January 13 2017 11:52 AM EST2017-01-13 16:52:01 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Parents and others will sound off against the possible closures slated by the Shelby County School District at Alcy Elementary and Vance Middle schools Monday night. District leaders promised
    Parents and others community members sounded off against the possible closures slated by the Shelby County School District at Alcy Elementary and Vance Middle schools Monday night.

(WMC-TV) - Some parents say they have been silenced by the Shelby County School District during community meetings concerning school closures.

Only district leaders spoke publicly on the proposed closure of Riverview Elementary School Thursday.

"We came in and they treated us like we're in elementary school. They gave us index cards and told us to pass up questions. We should be able to be heard as a people," said parent Theopolis.

Parents were told a comprehensive plan of their own might help.

"If they were really concerned about us coming up with a plan they would try to help us or furnish somebody that would help us," said Riverview Parent Deirdre Latham.

Gordon Elementary's meeting did not stray far from Riverview's structure. Both meetings came two days after Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said meeting formats were tweaked.

"Then we also want to leave some time for open mic comments," said Hopson.

The schools may be under-enrolled, but parents believe transferring children makes no sense because of the dedicated teachers and improving academics.

Despite the lack of public comments during the meeting, board member Shante Avant stayed after to answer questions. She said she prefers index cards over an open microphone because it is more manageable, especially when dealing with such an emotional issue.

See the below list for the remainder of the closure meetings. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • February 3: Graves Elementary & Northside High School
  • February 4: Westhaven Elementary
  • February 6: Lanier Middle
  • February 10: Riverview Middle

Get the latest from Action News 5 anytime: iPhone | iPad | Android | SMS Alerts | Email Alerts | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Vandal dims woman's Christmas display

    Vandal dims woman's Christmas display

    Friday, November 24 2017 10:46 AM EST2017-11-24 15:46:36 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 11:10 AM EST2017-11-24 16:10:08 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    A woman’s holiday spirit is far from bright after someone cut the cords on her Christmas lights.

    A woman’s holiday spirit is far from bright after someone cut the cords on her Christmas lights.

  • MSHP: Driver in fatal crash was drunk

    MSHP: Driver in fatal crash was drunk

    Friday, November 24 2017 10:36 AM EST2017-11-24 15:36:26 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 10:41 AM EST2017-11-24 15:41:03 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A man faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter following a one-vehicle crash that left two people dead.

    A man faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter following a one-vehicle crash that left two people dead.

  • Shoppers prepare for Black Friday

    Shoppers prepare for Black Friday

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-11-24 04:35:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Most shoppers began their Black Friday shopping a day early, going to stores Thursday night to pick up on bargains.  

    Most shoppers began their Black Friday shopping a day early, going to stores Thursday night to pick up on bargains.  

Powered by Frankly