Principal assures Stratford High School won't close - WKRN News 2

Principal assures Stratford High School won't close

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With enrollment shrinking in recent years, an east Nashville high school became part of a conversation that's prompted the school's principal to speak out.

Stratford High School principal Michael Steele told News 2 Tuesday he feels he needs to say something after rumors swirled about a list of schools that might be closed.

"To say hey, the things that are happening at Stratford will make you understand that this is a school that shouldn't even be in the conversation of closing. Stratford is a mainstay in this community" Steele said.

Stratford was mentioned in an exploratory report discussing Metro opening more schools in areas where schools are overcrowded and possibly closing schools where enrollment has dwindled.

Stratford once had around 1,200 students, but that number has dropped to about 750.

Steele said, "We have some incredible things happening at Stratford High School, and we have for the last three and a half years. We've turned this school around."

A Metro School's spokesperson told News 2 there have been no plans or discussion about closing any school.

"I've been assured there has been no discussion about moving in that direction and I, to be quite honest, I don't think about those things. I have 750 students that I'm responsible for everyday" said Steele.

The principal planned to address the school board along with other concerned parents Tuesday.

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