Parents concerned about closure of four Metro schools

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Posted at 10:11 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 23:34:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The fallout continued Wednesday from the Metro School Board’s decision to close four schools - ahead of projected major reductions in city tax revenue due to COVID-19.

Parents at some of the impacted schools say this problem would be solved if more businesses in the area would contribute more time and money to the schools.

"Community partners, pouring in their money and resources and physically being there to support in whatever means -- because each school needs different things,whatever means possible -- let’s continue to put the dollars up there, that would help our schools," said Kenyatte TIdwell, a Lillard Elementary School parent.

Other parents questioned how rushed the decision to close the schools was. The decision to close the schools was a unanimous one by the school board.

"A major concern of mine was this was a special called meeting, on 2 p.m. on a Tuesday, with no community involvement," said Jessica Bobel, a Joelton Middle School parent.

But Metro Schools points to three virtual town halls it’s had before making the cuts. Now parents worry about the impacts of the school board’s decision affecting Nashville’s next generation of leaders.