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ASD wants to save Carver High School

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Carver High is one of eight low-performing schools picked for a state takeover. It is also in peril of closure because of low attendance. Carver High is one of eight low-performing schools picked for a state takeover. It is also in peril of closure because of low attendance.
Day one of the Achievement School District community meetings proved to be quite testy. Day one of the Achievement School District community meetings proved to be quite testy.

(WMC-TV) - The State of Tennessee Achievement School District started meeting with public this week to talk about the takeover of eight low-performing Memphis schools.

Carver High is one of eight low-performing schools picked for a state takeover. It is also in peril of closure because of low attendance. But new hope was presented Monday night when the ASD said they wanted to save the landmark school.

Day one of the Achievement School District community meetings proved to be quite testy.

"I'm sick and tired of people coming in here. They come here ... want to close all of our schools down, and it's not right. I'm not going to sit by and let you all do it," said resident Daniel Henry.

Residents living around Carver High School made their feelings clear regarding the possibility of the school being taken over by ASD because of low ranking test scores.

'We're not part of the county's system," said ASD superintendent Chris Barbic. "I assure you we're not here to close the school. We're actually here to try to keep the school open."

Many parents and community members in attendance felt uneasy despite Barbic's plan that ASD wants to implement to turn the school around.

"Nobody is completely honest when they're trying to sell you a program," said resident Velma Whitelo. "We're all feeling that way now that they're just not being honest."

Full Bloomfield Gospel Baptist Church Rev. Ralph White says people in his South Memphis community want to remain part of Shelby County Schools.

"We don't want a charter school coming in, existing for a couple of years, and then we're back at square one," said White.

He says community leaders sent two proposals to the school system to prevent Carver High's possible closure.

"We're asking ourselves why have they not personally assessed those issues to us?" said White.

He says new school boundaries attributed to Carver High's drop to 35 percent capacity.

"So those young people that are not attending Southside are now attending Hamilton so the numbers dropped," said White.

White said another plan would be to combine Carver with Riverview Middle School to improve attendance. He says busing students to other areas are costly and questions if there is an agenda.

Meetings are also planned for Tuesday night at Denver and Westwood Elementary Schools, Wooddale Middle School, as well as Frayser and Fairley high schools. The public is invited to attend.

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