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Closed SCS schools could get new lives

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Parents at a meeting regarding school closures last winter. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Parents at a meeting regarding school closures last winter. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Three schools that the Shelby County Schools board voted to close may get new lives after proposed agreements with a number of charter schools.

These schools are among the agreements the school board will vote on July 16 to possibly keep kids coming to schools like Lanier Middle.

Lanier Middle School in Whitehaven has been in Aubrey Miller's view since 1972.

All seven of his children attended classes' right across the street.

Miller's glad to hear Freedom Preparatory Academy, a charter school, may occupy the Lanier building next year, ensuring that blight will not move in.

"Because it's [blight] an eyesore in the community," Miller said.

In addition to Lanier, the already boarded-up Graves Elementary may be used as well, by former Mayor Willie Herenton's charter consortium.

Riverview Elementary, which parents and others unsuccessfully fought to keep open, may be used by Vision Prep Charter School.

At least two of the schools are in board member Shante Avant's district.

"Although I voted against closing community schools, I am glad to see the administration has worked hard to support those buildings being utilized,"  Avant said.

According to, these three proposals, the district will be paid anywhere from $240,000 to nearly $700,000 for use of the schools, if approved.

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