Parents, Students Upset Over School Move

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Shelby County School, named as  Airways Middle School declared on Monday that the school will be closed and all the students will be moved to another school that is about four miles away. This sudden move was taken after a charter operator, YES Prep, stepped back from its plan to support a struggling Memphis school this August.

Dorsey Hopson, superintendent of the school, informed the present crowd at Airways Middle School, that all the students will be relocated to Sherwood Middle School from the next school year. It is a result of YES Prep’s sudden withdrawal just five months before the organization was about to start managing the school. Hopson said, “The withdrawal of this Texas-based organization was a surprise for the district.” However, he and other officials of the school assured the parents and other family members that their children will get better schooling and education at Sherwood. This school is getting a special interventions as the school is a part of the district’s Innovation Zone. Hopson, assuring the parents said, “Once you get in the iZone, you get a whole extra set of support.”

As the Airways School was ranked in the state’s bottom 5 percent, it was on the priority. This south Memphis based school was being moved to the state’s Achievement School District (ASD). YES Prep, Texas based organization, then received an authorization to gradually begin taking over grades and start with classes of sixth grade, this fall. However, last week, YES Prep officials informed the ASD that it was withdraw… MORE

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