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Half Of Memphis Schools Closed Since 2012 Stand Empty, With More Closures On The Way

Vance Middle School once served as the anchor for its surrounding neighborhood until the school was shuttered in 2014 by Shelby County Schools, sending its students to another school about a mile away.

With a vital hub for youngsters now empty, students have a longer hike to school and “some have to walk very far,” says James Nesbit, longtime director of a neighborhood youth center across the street from Vance, who also mentioned he believed crime had gone up in the neighborhood since Vance’s closure.