Community celebrates keeping high school open - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Community celebrates keeping high school open

Posted: Updated:
It took the community pulling together week after week for many months to keep the doors of Carver High School open. It took the community pulling together week after week for many months to keep the doors of Carver High School open.
Student Body President, Kemario Davis, said the school provides a safety net for many of the students. Student Body President, Kemario Davis, said the school provides a safety net for many of the students.

(WMC-TV) - It is a victory for one Mid-South community. Their work paid off to save Carver High School.

It took the community pulling together week after week for many months to keep the doors of Carver High School open.

"It was worth the fight. We told them initially that we got in it to win it," said Bloomfield Baptist Church Reverend Ralph White.

White said the community around Carver High School fought to keep it open because they are in it for the long haul.

"We're invested in this community, and we see the potential of this city and want to make sure that this community was a part of it," he said.

Shelby County Schools announced Tuesday night that Carver would remain open during the 2014-2015 school year after being on the list for closures for months.

Riverview Elementary School however will shut its doors for lack of students in an area where many homes are boarded up. Those students will transfer to Carver High School.

'The fear was that if we close the school you would not only close the school, but you'd close the community," said White.

Student Body President, Kemario Davis, said the school provides a safety net for many of the students.

"It didn't feel good. Almost felt just felt bad to know that people want to close your school," said Davis. "So by keeping the school open, in turn you provide safety instead of closing it."

One student said the school is a tradition in her family.

"I know, especially my family, when they were talking about closing down I knew I probably wouldn't be able to leave this year and come back be alumni like a lot if people I've witnessed over the years," said student Jacari Stone.

The Shelby County Schools District Board will hold a series of meetings to give the community a chance to voice their concerns about the now proposed school closures.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
Powered by WorldNow