Bishop Byrne Parents Say They Weren't Told of School's Closure

Bishop Byrne Parents Say They Weren't Told of School's Closure

Shame on the Memphis Catholic Diocese for shutting down Bishop Byrne Middle and High Schools without notice - that's what parents had to say after finding out Thursday by watching the news.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Shame on the Memphis Catholic Diocese for shutting down Bishop Byrne Middle and High Schools without notice - that's what parents had to say after finding out Thursday by watching the news.

Angry parents gathered outside the school in Whitehaven Friday afternoon. They wanted to talk with the principal, but say they were told to leave. They also say they got the cold shoulder from the superintendent's office

The diocese says low enrollment and an aging building are to blame for the closure. Fundraisers and offers from local contractors to fix the school for free weren't enough to save it.

"I'm angry because we were not informed about this and I don't think you would decide to close a school the day before, this must've been discussed or known when school started back in August," parent Sheree Woodard-Mason told abc24.com.

"If it was a monetary value point of view why didn't we know? Why didn't the principal tell us? These are the questions of concerns," added Rev. Henderson Frazier. "We just want answers. Can we get some?"

Bishop Byrne shuts down at the end of the school year. The Diocese has thus far declined to respond.

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