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Alumnus: 'The school itself didn't die; SCS killed the school'

Parents at previous meetings complained about index card-only comments, but Monday they had the chance to speak out. Parents at previous meetings complained about index card-only comments, but Monday they had the chance to speak out.
Officials held another closure meeting Monday at Graves Elementary School in Whitehaven. Officials held another closure meeting Monday at Graves Elementary School in Whitehaven.
In addition to parents and students airing their concerns through an open mic, they signed a petition to try and save the only high school on the proposed closure list. In addition to parents and students airing their concerns through an open mic, they signed a petition to try and save the only high school on the proposed closure list.

(WMC-TV) - Open mic night during a proposed school closure meeting gave Northside High supporters an opportunity to give Shelby County School District officials an earful.

Parents at previous meetings complained about index card-only comments, but Monday they had the chance to speak out.

"We got to fight to keep them from closing this school," said Northside High PTA President Evelyn Taylor. "Every school on that charter to be closed is a black school in a black neighborhood; we need to wake up and smell the coffee."

The 80-year-old's children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren attended Northside since its 1967 opening when it was built to service well over a thousand students.

Catherine Battle, SCS Regional Superintendent, says the school's enrollment of under 300 made the closure proposal a reality.

"The school itself didn't die; it was more or less the Shelby County Schools really killed the school," said Northside alumnus Kacee Franklin.

The district admits rezoning and vocational program cuts dramatically reduced enrollment at the high school.

In addition to parents and students airing their concerns through an open mic, they signed a petition to try and save the only high school on the proposed closure list.

"We need to come together as a community and see to it that they hear us," said Taylor.

Officials held another closure meeting Monday at Graves Elementary School in Whitehaven. At other schools where proposed closure meetings have occurred, parents were encouraged to submit their own proposals.

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

  • February 4: Westhaven Elementary
  • February 6: Lanier Middle
  • February 10: Riverview Middle
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