Rise & Shine: Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this coming school year

Good morning!

Rebecca here, Chalkbeat Tennessee's summer intern. A little about me: I'm a rising junior at the University of Alabama (Can I say 'Roll Tide' here?), where I'm learning how to become a better journalist. While BBQ and fried chicken were strong factors, I came to Memphis for its stories. So reach out! You can find me @rebach97 or at rlgriesbach@chalkbeat.org.

In our morning roundup, Laura's got a quick list for you of the schools slated to open this fall, and the ones that are closing. All of the schools opening are charter schools, bringing the district’s total to 57, which is more than half of the charter schools statewide.

– Rebecca Griesbach, reporter


SCHOOL CLOSURES Six Memphis schools will open and six will close as the new school year begins next month. Chalkbeat

FOOD FOR THOUGHT A Memphis high school grows health and entrepreneurship with the city’s first student-led farmers market. High Ground News

RIBBON CUTTING Knox County celebrates the unveiling of a long-awaited new middle school in the Gibbs community. Knoxville News Sentinel

CONSPICUOUS SILENCE A day before early voting begins in the Hamilton County general election, the UnifiEd Action PAC has not publicly endorsed candidates in school board races. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BREAKING GROUND Construction will begin next week for a new Murfreesboro elementary school slated to open in 2019. The Daily News Journal

TEACHER RAISES Wilson County’s school will vote today on a 12.5-percent raise for teachers to prevent them from leaving for other districts. WMC-TV

MONEY MOVES Alcoa’s school board plans to use a $12 million bond issue to renovate and make additions to one school. Daily Times

CANDIDATE RACE An incumbent and a write-in candidate vie for Greeneville’s open school board seat. The Greeneville Sun

LAND PURCHASE Bristol’s City Council approves the purchase of nine properties as the site of a new middle school. Bristol Herald Courier

FULLY STOCKED A Kingsport elementary school restocks its emergency food pantry, which opened in February and quickly made a big impact. Kingsport Times-News

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