Closed schools could add to Memphis’ blight

(Reprinted from WMCTV.com)

closed schoolsNeighbors say the old Melrose High School building in Orange Mound proves to be the worst that can happen to a school after it closes.

“The police patrol it the best they can, but you can only do so much … be better to have it gone,” said neighbor Semmie Askew.

Other closed schools have been demolished. A couple of signs stand as the only remains of Graceland Elementary in Whitehaven.

The uncertain future of school buildings is a major reason one board member voted against closing schools.

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