SCS breaks ground on $14M elementary school

SCS breaks ground on $14M elementary school
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Schools leaders were on hand as the district broke ground on a new elementary school.

The groundbreaking for Westhaven Elementary School was held Tuesday afternoon.

It's an exciting day because it represents the fulfillment of a promise SCS made to the community years ago.

The current building is plagued with problems: holes in the ceiling, moldy pipes, asbestos.

SCS approved millions of dollars for the new school in May 2014.

Demolition of the old school building started in April, and every day now, crews work to rebuild the school.

PTO President Bridget Bradley has been walking around the construction site, pleased that the school is being rebuilt from the ground up.

"It's more than important," Bradley said. "If this school dies, this community dies."

Bradley said that was the battle cry last year when she and other Westhaven area parents learned that Westhaven was in bad physical shape and district officials considered closing the level-five elementary school.

Instead of giving in, they launched a "Save our School" campaign aimed at school leaders, elected officials and others in the community.

Tuesday's groundbreaking for the new Westhaven was proof that the efforts to save the school paid off. Bradley said what's happening here is an answer to her dreams.

SCS said it will take about a year to build the $14 million school that can hold more than 1,100 students.

The school is set to open sometime in 2016.

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