Parents react to Myers Middle School closing


by Sherell Hubbard

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 7:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Two mothers are frightened at the prospect of their 6th graders being torn apart.

Both girls have Down syndrome and they’re best friends. Their mothers say this school closure is marginalizing their girls and it isn’t fair.

Megan and Madeline are typical 13-year-old girls – they love Wii, sleepovers and most importantly, each other. They even have a secret handshake.

Both love being together and parents were promised that all 7th and 8th graders would be going to Waggener High School.

"All the 7th and 8th graders will continue to have consistency. They would all stay together, they would all have their teachers -- they would all be with their friends," Madeline’s mother Angela Franklin said.

Megan and Madeline's moms say, the proposal says something else.

"The special needs kids and the English as a second language kid, pushed under the rug, like they don't matter," Megan’s mother Kristi Mudd said.

ECE and ESL kids will receive other placements, according to the proposal, even if they are in 7th or 8th grade.

"I don't understand why they are not giving the same treatment, that's my argument. I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm asking for the same treatment," Mudd added.

Now the Jefferson County Public Schools district is saying nothing is set in stone.

"We haven't made any decisions yet on what's going to happen with ECE," Ben Jackey, JCPS spokesperson said.

Megan and Madeline have no idea Myers is closing. Both love their school.

"They are really good teachers, they are really helpful," Madeline said.

Their parents say they don't have the heart to tell them, that they may soon be split up.

"Knowing that we really don't know what next year holds, it's frustrating, we're right back at square one,” Franklin said.

The parents say it's challenging to find a program that is a good fit for their child's needs, that's why they are so passionate. The district has agreed to hear the grievances of parents and take them into consideration.