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Community celebrates keeping high school open

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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.

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