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Northside High School To Close A Year Early After Students And Teachers Flee

When Teresa Jones pressed her colleagues on the Shelby County Schools board last May to postpone closing Northside High School until next year, her goal was to give the neighborhood a little more time to say goodbye.

Instead, nearly all of the school’s teachers and students fled. The board responded by voting 5-3 Tuesday night to close Northside a year earlier than planned.

Originally slated for closure in 2017, the school won’t reopen this fall, and the district will find new schools for the school’s 36 remaining students. About 190 students were enrolled last year at Northside, which was originally built to hold almost six times as many students.