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Potential funding could build new school to replace 3

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On Wednesday, parents sat in on the Shelby County Commission meeting as Superintendent Dorsey Hopson asked for funding. On Wednesday, parents sat in on the Shelby County Commission meeting as Superintendent Dorsey Hopson asked for funding.
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(WMC) – A few Memphis women say their children are in danger because they are going to school in a mold-infested building that is falling apart. They have been fighting for an upgrade for 20 years, and now, they are closer than ever to reaching that goal.

Children at Westhaven Elementary School were being taught under holes in the ceilings, moldy pipes, and asbestos in the floors and walls.

"I believe we will get the school," said Bridget Bradley, PTO president and grandparent. "We just want it to come to pass. That's all. We're really working hard. I have really put my heart and soul into this and I'm just wanting this to happen for our children."

On Wednesday, parents sat in on the Shelby County Commission meeting as Superintendent Dorsey Hopson asked for funding.

"We haven't had any critical deferred maintenance dollars in four, five, six years," he said.

Commissioners spoke in support of giving Westhaven Elementary School a $12 million replacement school. Underutilized and dilapidated, Fairley Elementary School and Raineshaven Elementary School would close and move into the new building, too.

"Combining the three schools for this new school, I think, is the best way to serve that community," said Shelby County School Board member Shante Avent.

"If it rains, the kids literally need an umbrella to walk down the hallways," added Bradley.

"You should be allowed to be in a situation that gives you the best chance to succeed," said Supt. Hopson.

The new school would hold 1,125 students.

"Westhaven deserves this school," said Bradley. "The children and the community deserve this new school."

The Shelby County Commission must still approve the money.

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