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Memphis and Shelby County leaders debate fate of abandoned schools

Klondike Elementary will close. District officials plan to have options by the end of the year. Klondike Elementary will close. District officials plan to have options by the end of the year.
(WMC) - Shelby County School leaders are working to make sure all closed school buildings are occupied next year.

"I'm pretty confident that most of the buildings we have won't be vacant," said superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Hopson and other Shelby County leaders are debating several different ideas and working with Memphis administrators to come up with a way to make sure the seven closed school buildings are filled. See a list of soon-to-be vacant schools here: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/slideshow?widgetid=107485&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass.

"I've had about 2-3 meetings with the mayor and Robert Lipscomb trying to put together a plan to repurpose all government buildings," said Hopson. "All but three buildings are going to be occupied."

Right now, the question is which three buildings will be abandoned. 

Hopson says no matter which buildings are left, there are teams in place to make sure those vacant schools do not become a blight problem.

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