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Parents see last chance to save Southside Middle, Lincoln Elementary

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two Shelby County Schools locations are on the chopping block and could learn their fate on Tuesday night.

SCS board members are expected to decide whether Southside Middle and Lincoln Elementary will be consolidated. It's a project that does not sit well with parents and people living in the South Memphis neighborhood.

"I think it's a bad idea," Sammie Payne said. "Why do this to the kids? Parents have to move all of the kids out of the neighborhood."

The plan is to move the Lincoln students to A.B. Hill if Lincoln closes.

Payne has lived just a few houses down from Lincoln Elementary School for 21 years. He wonders how some parents will get their children to A.B. Hill, which is located more than one mile away.

"Are they going to bus them to other schools? What are they going to do," Payne asked.

Kiyon Stevison attended A.B. Hill and Southside Middle School, which is the other school the board is considering for a consolidation.

"By closing the schools, it's going to cause a lot of kids to be out of school," Stevison said. "Which means they have to transition to a new environment. By them transitioning to a new environment, it might cause conflicts with transportation or other things of that nature."

Parents and students will be allowed to make their pleas to board members tonight.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

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