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SCS seeking parental involvement, parents worried about closures


Shelby County Schools is asking for more parental involvement to help make the schools better. 

The district held a meeting with parents Monday night with the goal of getting them more involved, but many of those parents are concerned about school closures and if their child's school will be on that list.

Parents are appreciative of the attempts SCS is making to meet with parents and get them involved.

"I think it's good," Ann Cole said.

Cole has a son that attends Overton High School. She said she can appreciate the efforts of SCS to hold 10 community workshops aimed at getting feedback from parents and residents regarding what they consider to be a high-quality school for children.

"These kids stay in a lot of trouble and they need to do something different," Cole said. 

But, also weighing heavy on the minds of parents are school closures. 

"At this point, we have not decided if there are going to be school closures, school mergers, or even the creation of new schools because that could be a possibility in this platform," Cynthia Alexander-Mitchell, SCS, said.

Shelby County Schools said they have no immediate plans to close or merge any schools. But, the idea still worries parents like Cole.

"I think they have enough mergers now, but closing the schools (shakes head)," Cole said. "You send them somewhere they don't know anything about. You don't know what's going to happen."

In addition to parental concerns over school closures and mergers, the community workshops will also address enrollment, safety, and academic achievement.

"We want to make sure that the schools that we have in the systems are quality, viable, and great places for our families and our students," Mitchell said.

Parent Jerome Stokes wants to see increased security at schools and said he knows one other thing that will help as well.

"I think they need to kick the devil out of schools and allow Jesus to enroll back in. When I was going to school, you can (sic) pray," Mitchell said.

In addition to the meetings held Monday, SCS will be holding more throughout the upcoming week. In case you missed the meeting Monday, or are interested in one held closer to you, here is the remainder of the schedule:

October 19 @ 6 p.m. - Zone 6 at the Whitehaven Library 
4120 Millbranch Road

October 19 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 8 at the White Station Middle School
5465 Mason Road

October 19 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 2 at the Gaisman Community Center
4221 Macon Road

October 20 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 9 at the Poplar-White Station Library
5094 Poplar Avenue

October 24 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 1 at the Bruce Elementary School
581S. Bellevue Blvd. 

October 24 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 4 at Hickory Ridge Town Center
6075 Winchester Road

October 24 @ 5:30 p.m. - Zone 7 at the Oakhaven High School
3125 Ladbrook Road

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