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Carver High supporters rally to fight closure

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(WMC-TV) Students and alumni of George Washington Carver High School in South Memphis have been vocal in opposing the plan to close the school and merge it with Booker T. Washington High.

Carver is one of 11 so-called underutilized schools that the Shelby County School board has voted to begin the process of closing. It's part of the Board's effort to help cut merger costs heading into the Fall.

Yesterday, the school board passed a more than $1 billion budget, which included cutting more than 400 teacher and teaching assistant positions.

The budget also Re-instates 40 of the 82 Pre-K classes that were expected to be cut.

The budget is now up for review by the Shelby County Commission.

The district plans to hold its own meetings before any final votes on school closures are made. Meanwhile, Carver High supporters are rallying to keep their doors open.

Students and alumni will host a Restoring the Art of Pride Concert this afternoon at 1 p.m. at the school's auditorium. The event costs is $3 for students and $7 for the general public.

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