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Memphians fight to save elementary school

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Students held signs supporting their elementary school. Students held signs supporting their elementary school.
Some of the students at Westhaven Elementary School are rallying to save their school. Some of the students at Westhaven Elementary School are rallying to save their school.
"Save Westhaven" was the chant at Saturday's rally. "Save Westhaven" was the chant at Saturday's rally.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Students and parents are rallying to save their school.

Westhaven Elementary School, formerly in Memphis City Schools before the merge, was put on a list of schools to be considered to close.

Saturday, the community rallied to save its school.

Parents do not believe there is a reason to close the school.

"This school is a level 5 school. That's the highest you can get in the state of Tennessee. It has the highest enrollment of any school in this area right now we have 517 students in this school," explained the President of the Parent Teacher Organization, Bridget Bradley.

Bradley is a passionate advocate for the school to remain open.

"We are really fighting to save this school," exclaimed Bradley.

He and other parents believe one reason officials are trying to close the school is because the structure is older.

"It was built in 1957. But, it's structurally sound. It just needed repair and there's funding out there," continued Bradley.

At Saturday's rally, students and parents urged administrators to reconsider before the making final decision.

"They have the best teachers and they have the best principals right at Westhaven. What we need is here. We don't want our kids going anywhere else," said Bradley.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is urging parents, teachers, and students to look at the data as it is.

"We've got to be honest with ourselves. We've got to be real with the data," said Bradley.

Last month, Hopson explained why Carver High School is also on the proposed school closure list.

"Carver is in the bottom 5 percent in student achievement in the state of Tennessee. I mean, that's not anything to be proud of," declared Hopson.

Bradley hopes administrators will hear their message loud and clear and take Westhaven Elementary off the chopping block.

Nothing has been set in stone. School administrators say there will be more public meetings before they make their final decision.

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