Cash Says MCS May Close 50 Schools Next Year

The CA reports that Kriner Cash is ready to do what no one else has been willing to do here: CLOSE some schools with shrinking enrollments and merge others.  Too bad they didn’t make this decision BEFORE they rebuilt schools in North Memphis:

In four months, Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash expects to identify as many as 50 schools to close or consolidate next year as he cuts district expenditures and streamlines schools where enrollment has plummeted in some cases to less than half capacity.

Cash said Monday night that he has not identified any of the schools that will be affected among 190 in the district. He said the decisions will be made after parents have a chance to speak in public hearings from early December through early February.

They apparently plan to look for other organizations, (translation: CHARTER SCHOOLS) to take over some of the empty buildings.

This is a good start, but let’s not take our eyes off the prize here: how much of the savings will be given to reducing class size or will it just go to fatten administrator salaries?

It’s hell to be a skeptic, isn’t it?

2 comments for “Cash Says MCS May Close 50 Schools Next Year

  1. October 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Cash and his administrative insiders have probably worked out a fat bonus for every school they close.

  2. Chuck
    October 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Closing schools may be necessary, but it is a knee jerk reaction without coordinating with neighborhood revitalization efforts that need schools to attract residents. Too often we accept trends as the predictor of the future. If we have low enrollment, why aren’t we asking the question: What would need to happen to get enrollment up to normal, particularly elementary (neighborhood) schools? Yes, a new Manassas and Douglas were not needed, political decisions at their worst. Our problem is an isolated school administration/board that doesn’t plan in concert with the rest of the City. The mayor should take over MCS.

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