Witherspoon Elementary to Close

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email
The Meridian School Board decided Monday night to close Witherspoon Elementary.

Witherspoon Elementary School, established in 1888

The Meridian School Board decided Monday night to close Witherspoon Elementary.

School officials say students will be split and assigned to Parkview and Crestwood elementary schools. Faculty and staff will be absorbed throughout the district.

Witherspoon is the district's oldest facility. It was built in 1888.

But city council president Mary Perry, a retired educator, said earlier that she feels a school needs to be maintained in the community.


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  • by LadyBug Location: Meridian on May 20, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    The post by anonymous is correct. Some teachers at WSPN have been reassigned to other schools. Others are now unemployed for the next school term. Also, some assistants are now unemployed for next school term because they put all the assistants name into a draft type scenario as well. They were chosen for jobs. District will only have assistants in Pre-K thru 2nd. 2nd grade will share assistants with a 2 teacher: 1 assistant ratio. Like the anonymous gentleman said, someone should look into this bold faced lie that the MPSD board and MPSD central office adminstration has told. Off topic, Kent has been to our school twice this year. The first time, he just sat in the principal's office and chatted the entire time. Did he go through the halls and meet and greet the faculty or students? NO! The second time he came was for a board meeting. How can he lead from behind a door? He has no idea of what is going on.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    the truth to the matter that the teachers from witherspoon will be reabsobed or redistributed into the school system is a lie. my wife is a teacher at witherspoon and they informed her today that her contract would not be renewed. someone needs to investigate this matter and confront meridian public schools.
  • by Brenda Location: Meridian on May 19, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    I hear the board talking of busing students to Creswood or Parkview, but not the 5 star Poplar Springs! If they are going to close Witherspoon, please give the students the best learning opportunity available! Don't let the community suffer because it is at the poverty level, do something to help it!
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    always black and white issue,the people making these remarks need to get a life.
  • by Michelle Location: Meridian on May 19, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    It would be great if the building could be renovated completely. As Ms. Mary Perry said there is stimulus money coming or there are several grants that could be written for the money to be obtained. District officials should look into writing grants and then getting a school built back in Witherspoon's area. The school is in a bad condition. There are rumors that it is rodent infested and unsafe! Yes, close it for now, but look for a way to build a new school!
  • by Buddy Location: Meridian on May 19, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    I went to this school from 1st to 6th grade. I have many fond memories of Witherspoon school. I think it is a terrible decision to close the school. It has as much history as any place in the city of Meridian. My wish is that it would be restored in some fashion that the history may be retained such as a museum.
  • by Bunch of BS Location: Meridian on May 19, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    It's never enough is it D-Train? You people are always complaining about how left out you are. The school is closing because of safety reasons. Get a job and buy a car, then take your child to school like the rest of us do!
  • by Lynne Location: meridian on May 19, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    It is a shame that the city of Meridian, would put all the money in a parking garage and not education. The school could be repaired.
  • by Hal on May 18, 2009 at 09:56 PM
    Close the "black schools"?! This has nothing to do with Witherspoon being almost 100% black. It has to do with the condition of the building. It is very old. I think the district and the school staff have done very well with the building considering all that is wrong with it. It has been old and dangerous for decades. This is not about closing a "black school". This is about these children, regardless of their color, deserving a better facility for their school. Yes, it would be nice to have a new school right around there. Where is the district supposed to get the money?
  • by D-Train Location: Meridian on May 18, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    It's a SHAME!!! When in doubt...Close the Black Schools. If they proposed closing Poplar Springs, Crestwood or North West, White people would lose their minds! You can only tear down so much, and you can only move so far to get rid of or get away from Black people!!!!
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