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SCS could close school because of building's condition

Westhaven parents have been some of the most active during this proposed closure process. They do not plan to let Tuesday's cold and rainy weather and dampen their determination . Westhaven parents have been some of the most active during this proposed closure process. They do not plan to let Tuesday's cold and rainy weather and dampen their determination .
Shelby County School District officials could possibly close Westhaven Elementary School because of the building. Shelby County School District officials could possibly close Westhaven Elementary School because of the building.

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County School District officials could possibly close Westhaven Elementary School because of the building.

The school sits with nine others on the chopping block.

Westhaven parents have been some of the most active during this proposed closure process. They did not let Tuesday's cold and rainy weather and dampen their determination.

"We already have parents in the cafeteria waiting on this meeting," said Bridget Bradley, Westhaven PTO, shortly before the meeting. "Even though we have 145 special needs students, we've maintained a level 5 status. That's saying something about this school"

District officials say the primary issue for Westhaven is the age and condition of the 1956 building, which is likely too costly to renovate.

"What we're talking about are the maintenance costs associated with a building that's aging," said SCS Regional Superintendent Willie Rhodes.

Parents plan to work their magic in order to save their school.

"We deserve a new school. That's what we're fighting for: a new school [building]," said Bradley.

Like other meetings concerning proposed closures, during which public comments have been allowed, the conversation became heated at Westhaven Elementary School.

One grandparent called school board member Kevin Woods arrogant and accused him of not answering questions.

"You're talking, but I'm not going to let you disrespect this process or my colleagues, 'cause I'm not arrogant. I'm going to listen to you ma'am," said Woods to the audience.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson interjected.

"I'm looking at these young kids, and they're looking at us about how to act," he said.

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

  • February 6: Lanier Middle
  • February 10: Riverview Middle
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