MAHS to close at the end of current school year

MAHS to close at the end of current school year

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences high school was one of the first charter schools in Memphis when it was built and opened in the fall of 2003.

Now almost 20 years later, the Shelby County school board voted Wednesday night to close both the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences middle and high schools at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

The school system found there was a $400,000 mismanagement in school funds back in 2019 which cost then executive director Corey Johnson his job after an internal investigation.

“We are disappointed with the alleged actions of a few adults that would have these severe ramifications. We are likewise disappointed with SCS board’s decision of 1/12/2022 and will be going through the appellate process in hopes of getting a different outcome. MAHS is committed to providing the best education for our students and will continue to do so throughout the appeals process up until the final day that students are with us whether they are graduating or MAHS is ultimately succumbing to the alleged failures of those who may have chosen their own self interests over those of our students,” MAHS principal Michael Miles said.

The school’s first varsity football season came in 2009, and Lions have made the playoffs six times (2011, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021).

MAHS had a banner season this year as it went 11-2 and beat Camden and Huntingdon in the Class 2A playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Westview 16-0 in the quarterfinals.

“I hate it for the kids and the teachers that the school is closing, but unfortunately that’s what is going to happen,” MAHS football coach Cedric Miller said. “I am just thankful that we were able to have a historical season this year before it closes.”

Three hundred and forty-seven MAHS high school students and 192 middle school students will be affected by the closure. They will be zoned to other schools in the area.

Thirty-nine total teachers from MAHS will also be affected by the school’s closure.

Contact Donovan at dstewart@mainstreetmediatn.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

Donovan Stewart is entering his 26th season covering high school football and his 10th year of covering the entire state of Tennessee. He is also the Media Director for the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA).

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