Monday, January 27 2014 11:06 PM EST2014-01-28 04:06:23 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Parents and others will sound off against the possible closures slated by the Shelby County School District at Alcy Elementary and Vance Middle schools Monday night. District leaders promisedMore >>
Parents and others community members sounded off against the possible closures slated by the Shelby County School District at Alcy Elementary and Vance Middle schools Monday night.More >>
(WMC-TV) - Some parents say they have been silenced by the Shelby County School District during community meetings concerning school closures.
Only district leaders spoke publicly on the proposed closure of Riverview Elementary School Thursday.
"We came in and they treated us like we're in elementary school. They gave us index cards and told us to pass up questions. We should be able to be heard as a people," said parent Theopolis.
Parents were told a comprehensive plan of their own might help.
"If they were really concerned about us coming up with a plan they would try to help us or furnish somebody that would help us," said Riverview Parent Deirdre Latham.
Gordon Elementary's meeting did not stray far from Riverview's structure. Both meetings came two days after Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said meeting formats were tweaked.
"Then we also want to leave some time for open mic comments," said Hopson.
The schools may be under-enrolled, but parents believe transferring children makes no sense because of the dedicated teachers and improving academics.
Despite the lack of public comments during the meeting, board member Shante Avant stayed after to answer questions. She said she prefers index cards over an open microphone because it is more manageable, especially when dealing with such an emotional issue.
See the below list for the remainder of the closure meetings. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.
February 3: Graves Elementary & Northside High School
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:08:09 GMT
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:36:56 GMT
It was a sad morning in Gulfport as a community helped a family say goodbye to five year old Janaya Thompson. More >>
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:04:40 GMT
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber spoke out Monday on the sudden resignation of JPD Chief Lindsey Horton. The mayor praised former Chief Horton's work over the past year and his help with the administrative transition. ButMore >>
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:29:26 GMT
The man arrested for the brutal murder of 67-year-old Ruth Helen Harrion went before a judge on Tuesday and was denied bond. 29-year-old Alonzo Stewart is charged with capital murder. Authorities sayMore >>
29-year-old Alonzo Stewart is charged with capital murder. Authorities say he lived a few houses away from Harrion in the Bel-Air Subdivision in Northwest Jackson.