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SCS board decides fate of 13 schools

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Concerned parents, many of which fought school closures, packed the board auditorium during the decision making. Concerned parents, many of which fought school closures, packed the board auditorium during the decision making.
Northside High School and Alcy Elementary School were spared. Northside will be spared for one year. Northside High School and Alcy Elementary School were spared. Northside will be spared for one year.
District leaders say the often uneasy process is in the best interest of the children. District leaders say the often uneasy process is in the best interest of the children.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School District board approved a revised closure list Tuesday that spares a handful of schools from the chopping block.

Northside High School and Alcy Elementary School were spared. Northside will be spared for one year. Riverview Elementary School will move into Riverview Middle School, making it a K-8 school.

Although, the board voted to close Gordon, Graves, Klondike, Shannon, and Westhaven elementary schools along with Corry, Cypress, Lainer, and, Vance middle schools.

Some of the closing schools will become part of the Achievement School District or charter schools. 

Also, Fairview Middle School will now be Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, which will open fall 2014. Westhaven may eventually get a new building if funding from the Shelby County Commission comes through.

SCS released the recommended closures during the meeting which are effective 2014-2015.

—Alcy ES remains open

—Corry MS to Hamilton MS (ASD phase-in)

—Cypress MS to Grandview MS

—Gordon ES to Caldwell-Guthrie ES

—Klondike ES to Vollentine ES

—Lainer MS to A. Maceo Walker MS

—Northside HS remains open (Defer for one year)

—Riverview ES to Riverview MS (K-8)

—Riverview MS convert to K-8 (See line above)

—Shannon ES to Douglass K-8 (ASD phase-in)

—Vance MS to BTW HS

—Westhaven ES to Farley ES and Raineshaven ES

Months of meetings and debates concerning proposed school closures led up to Tuesday's meeting where Superintendent Dorsey Hopson went back to the drawing board. The initial closure list involved 13 schools.

SCS blames the closures, in part, for under-enrollment and under-performance.

Concerned parents, many of which fought school closures, packed the board auditorium during the decision making. The seven-member board took a number of different votes to reach the same conclusion.

But district leaders say the often uneasy process is in the best interest of the children. Shante Avant and Teresa Jones were the only two board members who voted "no" in every vote.

Meanwhile, there is concern about what might happen with empty school buildings. District officials plan to have options by the end of the year.

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