Fayette County parent upset about school closure plan

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - A proposal on the table in Fayette County could close up to two of the county's schools, but one parent says the plan just doesn't make sense.

"We could have bought a cheaper home but we based our home on the schools," Pattie Krepela said.

Krepela has a child at Oakland Elementary and another at Southwest Elementary.  According to Krepela, her kids are happy there.

She is concerned after hearing the district could close some schools while moving other students to different schools.

"We are six miles from Oakland Elementary, and they're proposing to move my kids to Northwest Elementary, which is 16 miles away," she said.

In an effort to comply with a federal de-segregation order, Fayette County schools are hoping to become more racially diverse. Somerville or Jefferson Elementary could end up on the chopping block because of this redistricting proposal.

Fayette County interim Superintendent Louise Holloway says the school system is no where near plans to redistrict or close any schools

In a statement, Fayette County, school board member Bryon O'Brien said: "In looking at this from a big picture point of view, it should provide a better opportunity for us to better our facilities, creating a better established educational environment, as well as evaluate our educational programs and increase funding to teachers salaries and most importantly, send more dollars to the classroom."

But Patti Krepela says it is an argument she's willing to continue fighting.

"I don't think its right to ship people - when they're six miles from school - ship them sixteen miles to a different school," the said. "They need to be going to school where they live."

School administrators encourage parent input on this school closure and re-districting plan.

If you would like to become a part of the Community task force, simply talk to your child's school principal.

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