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Study recommends closure of three Memphis schools

Lakeview, Graceland, and Georgia Avenue Elementary Schools are all named in an impact study recently released to the Memphis City Schools Board. Lakeview, Graceland, and Georgia Avenue Elementary Schools are all named in an impact study recently released to the Memphis City Schools Board.

(WMC-TV) - When the 23 member unified city and county school board starts meeting in October, they could face the tough decision of whether to close three Memphis City Schools.

Lakeview, Graceland, and Georgia Avenue Elementary Schools are all named in an impact study recently released to the Memphis City Schools Board.

According to Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash, the three schools in question suffer from dramatically declining enrollment.

Memphis City Schools board president Martavius Jones addressed the potential closures Tuesday at a press conference.

"I would say, even including annexation, the overall population trend for the city of Memphis has been stagnant," Jones said.

District officials say closing the schools could help save the district as much as $2 million.  

"If a building has a replacement cost of $10 million, but the cost of repair is $4.6 million, that's a 46 percent increase, so it would cost $4.6 million versus a replacement of $10 million to bring the school up to code," Jones said.

Cash said he will likely recommend that the district sell Lakeview Elementary, and that Graceland Elementary and Georgia Avenue Elementary be demolished due to the poor condition of the buildings.

"Do you recommend all the schools that fit a certain criteria at once, or do you phase it in to give the city and county a chance to plan for the prospect of impact?" he asked.

According to board policy several public meetings are required before a school can be closed.

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