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Parents fear 'inappropriate, dangerous' activity if middle, high schools combine

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Dwight Williams said what a lot of others thought Monday night during a school closure meeting. Dwight Williams said what a lot of others thought Monday night during a school closure meeting.
Parents and community members fear the proposed plan that would merge Riverview Middle School with nearby Carver High School, which would then house grades 6 through 12. Parents and community members fear the proposed plan that would merge Riverview Middle School with nearby Carver High School, which would then house grades 6 through 12.

(WMC-TV) - The plan to combine middle and high schools in the Shelby County School District raises concerns.

Many parents feel the age range would be inappropriate if not dangerous, but district leaders say just because students may be under the same roof does not mean they will be in the same school.

Dwight Williams said what a lot of others thought Monday night during a school closure meeting.

"The blood is on your hands, 'cause this ain't no joke out here," he said. "These students don't get along with other schools, they doing fine right here."

Parents and community members fear the proposed plan that would merge Riverview Middle School with nearby Carver High School, which would then house grades 6 through 12.

The same thing would happen at Booker T. Washington High if Vance Middle is closed as proposed.

"From a child, adolescent perspective, I understand the parents' concern. They don't want their middle school kids with the high school kids," said former principal Dr. Jada Meeks, who now works in education at the University of Memphis.

Meeks says limited research is somewhat inconclusive.

"It appears that it may be not necessarily best for kids, but it may be good for the districts," said Meeks.

School board chairman Kevin Woods believes in a solution for both.

"You could possibly have a format where the principal has two assistant principals. One responsible for middle school and one responsible for high school, and it's possible to have two schools in one building," said Woods.

What Woods described could limit the potential interaction between younger and older students.

Carver and BTW would become the district's only 6 through 12 schools, if the proposed closure plan goes through.

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