Carver, Westwood and Northside high schools say they will not just be an annoying splinter to local representatives but a cohesive two-by-four when it comes to fighting to keep their schools opened.
In April, Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson suggested closing 11 underutilized Memphis schools to save money.
"Save Carver High School" members met Thursday night, hoping Hopson would attend so they could discuss their own proposal to keep the schools open. Pastor Ralph White says Hopson texted him Thursday night that he missed his flight back to Memphis and could not attend.
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In the group's proposal, they suggest merging some Carver schools such as the high school and junior high school or moving both elementary schools to the middle school. White says they also suggest expanding the Carver schools' boundaries to bring more students to the area.
The group, made up of parents, educators and even community members, says it will make sure its proposal is heard because members add it's unfair that they were not consulted in the first place about which schools should close.
"Thirteen schools in the county come under the same criteria as the schools we've picked out in the city. But we had 13 schools in the county: Not one has been closed," says White, "So we may have to look at legal ramifications."
State Representative G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) did attend Thursday's meeting to show his support, but White says it is a challenge to have local government officials attend. He says city and county officials tell him they will not attend because the meetings are all "talk and rhetoric;" White adds they have rescheduled meetings to accommodate their schedules but the councilmen and commissioners still have other meetings come up.
White says it's a display that the system does not care about the schools and have not for some time. He is calling on the community to groom their own candidate that will do what the will of the people to take the place of current elected officials.
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