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3 Shelby County Schools approved for closure

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The Board of Education voted to close three Shelby County Schools at its budget proposal meeting Monday.

The board voted to close Messick Adult High School and Memphis Health Careers Academy. Northside High School was approved for closure, but will stay open through the 2016-17 school year.

Carver High School was removed from Monday's closure vote. The final vote for the closure of that school will come at a later time.

One Northside alum said she takes the vote to keep Northside High for another year as a win, as it will give them another year to convince the board to change its mind.

"Here's hope upon hope," Phyllis Randolph said. "And I'm still going to write my letters to the Congressman, to the mayors. I've been doing it."

A group met at Bloomfield Baptist Church in an effort to save Carver High. They will have a bit more time to sell the board on their plan.

The Board of Education is also debating the budget it will present to Shelby County Commission.

For many teachers, the budget vote could mean a pay raise. But, for some staff, it could mean job cuts.

SCS' budget proposal included more than $10 million in teacher pay raises, which would be made available in part from an expected increase in money from Tennessee Department of Education and as a result of closing several district schools.

The budget also has millions of dollars in cuts, including cuts to programs, contracted services, and hundreds of Central Office positions.

The proposal also included extra instruction time at IZone schools, an increase in IZone-reading teachers, additional facility, and plant manager positions.

After the Board of Education makes its decision, the budget will go to Shelby County Commission for a final say on how much money SCS will receive. However, the school closure votes do not have to go to the commission. The board has final say on which schools remain open.

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