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Parents, students ask school board to not close schools

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

For the first time since releasing a plan to close or consolidate some Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is laying out his proposed plan before the school board. In the past three years, SCS has closed 20 schools either because the buildings are in bad shape or enrollment was low. Now, parents and students are worried their school is next.

Hopson recommends closing Dunbar and Carnes elementary schools. The students at Dunbar would be rezoned to Bethel Grove and Cherokee.

The students at Carnes would be rezoned into Downtown and Bruce.

Parents and students from Knight Road Elementary School filled the Shelby County Schools board meeting. They were hoping to convince the board not to close the school. 

"I don't want the school to close because it's old. It's not old to us," third grader Jazlyn Saldana said. "It's brand new."

But, Knight Road Elementary is in fact old and Hopson has it on the chopping block for 2018. In addition, he has Goodlett Elementary on the chopping block as well. 

"We would combine these and build these students a state of the art combined facility," Hopson said. 

Knight Road Elementary is 65 percent Hispanic, and parents like Marisol Perez said it would be a large hardship for parents if the school closed.

"A lot of our population is poverty level and a lot of parents don't have cars," Perez said. "They have to walk to school to take their children to school."

The students said they really like the school.

"My favorite school. I have my teacher, she is so nice. We do too much homework. I want to learn too much," first grader Jonathan Perez said. 

Marisol Perez said the students at Knight Road are really progressing.

"The parents see the growth in our children when they come to our school," Marisol said.

The school is one of 15-18 proposed SCS closures over the next five years.

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