Parents and students wait for new Cordova school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Parents and students wait for new Cordova school

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Late last year, Memphis City Schools approved a new kindergarten through 8th grade school to help ease overcrowding in Cordova.

The building was supposed to open next school year, but crews have not broken ground yet.  And, according to August 28th letter from Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash, construction on new school building has been delayed indefinitely.

The letter leaves parents as well as city and school leaders waiting, wondering and asking, 'When will the school be built?'
 
Tamecca Fitzpatrick, a college professor and a parent living in the Riverwood community, was expecting the new school for her young daughter.

"Overcrowding is not only putting a strain on the children, it's putting a strain on the teacher," she said.    
 
Cash's letter explains why construction on the school has been delayed.

"A change in construction plans, the cost was underestimated, changes in MCS leadership and a reanalysis of the project to see what's best for the area," Cash explained.

Bill Boyd, who represents the district where the proposed school would be built, wrote a letter to the Cash about the project.  He has not heard back.

Cash's letter apologized for the delay, and stated any changes to the project must be approved by the MCS board.

Meanwhile, school leaders insist the school will be built, but for now, no time frame has been set.


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