Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says when you look at the factors, it all leans toward closing Carver High School.
"We have to be honest with ourselves: Carver is in the bottom five-percent for student achievement in Tennessee," said Hopson during a "Save Carver High" meeting Thursday night.
Carver High School is one of 13 schools on the chopping block to help with the school system's budget constraints. Factors that went into deciding which schools to close, according to the superintendent, include student achievement, building utilization and student enrollment.
Hopson added that Carver High School has 300 students, which is nearly 500 fewer than needed.
An "internal deadline" is set for the final decision on closing the schools, according to Hopson; that's at the end of the year.
"We want to do that so teachers and administrators who work in schools that ultimately will be closed will have enough opportunity to seek other positions," said Hopson.
Noting the immense passion the community has for Carver High School, the superintendent told people that if they want to save their school, they need to make it a "community issue" and not a "school issue."
"Any plan that's set forth where the community is working to improve student achievement will be considered," said Hopson, "And also if there's a plan set forth, an actual plan, to show how you can bring students back to get the enrollment back."
Until then, Hopson said they are not giving up on Carver; he said there are student achievement "treatments" being implemented there and at other schools.
Five elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools in Memphis are on the chopping block as well as a Shelby County school in Millington.