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Northside closing may be deferred a year; more announcements to come tonight

An alumnus of Northside high school says that Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson II told him that the school’s closing will likely be deferred for a year. That extra year might allow the school’s community to figure out longterm solutions improve the school’s academic performance, said alumnus Kacee Franklin, who met with the superintendent yesterday.

Superintendent Hopson plans to present the school board with a set of proposed school closings to vote on at tonight’s board meeting. His proposal is likely to look different than the initial closings plan he presented to the board in December.

Northside alumni and other community members have been protesting the district’s plan to close the school, saying its current low enrollment and poor academic performance are due partly to past board zoning decisions. Shelby County’s commission voted yesterday to recommend that the district’s board “reevaluate” its plan to close another school, Westhaven Elementary School.

A district spokesman said that no changes were public as of yet. “If there are any changes in the recommendations, that will be brought before the board,” she said.

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