Peaceful protests cries heard through Hub City for JCM
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson Central-Merry students, alumni and community leaders marched from T.R. White Field to the overpass by Jackson Central Merry High School protesting to keep their school alive. The Jackson Madison County School Board’s Vision 20/20 plan is looking to consolidate or close five schools in the area, and one of those could include JCM. “One way to destroy a community is to take away its ability to reproduce itself, and JCM is a school that has produced attorneys, accountants, policemen, city councilmen, professional athletes, so you know, people of all types of elite,” JCM Alumnus Brian Hicks said. Chairman of the School Board Jim Campbell was at the protest Saturday to hear the cries of many Cougars both past and present. “No decision has been made, no decisions will be made until December. And I just want to stress that we are listening here, that’s why I’m here today. We are not making decisions in a vacuum,” Campbell said. The talk of closing these doors has some students scared this school will be on the chopping block. “It shows us that we do have people that care we hear all that time that they ain’t gonna do this they ain’t that but these people that are out here they actually care,” JCM student Zianna Woods said. But as a community comes together to let their voice be heard, Campbell said Vision 20/20 is still coming into focus. “Clearly we will be consolidating some schools, but as far as which ones those are, that’s a really long way away before we make that decision,” Campbell said. There is a petition to keep the school open and organizers said they have received more than 3,000 signatures so far. You can find a link to the online petition on the “I AM JCM” Facebook page. The next Vision 20/20 meeting is set for Tuesday, October 13th, at 6PM at the Jack Morris Ballroom on the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus.