Residents fight to keep Carver High School open - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents fight to keep Carver High School open

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A group of residents are declaring they are in the fight for the long haul. 

It's a battle to keep the doors of Carver High School open.

South Memphis residents said they want the school to remain open, despite the Shelby County School Board voting this summer to close the school.

Monday night, parents, many of whom are Carver high graduates, met with an attorney that has been hired to explore their options to stop the school from shutting its doors.

Shelby County Schools said the school is closed and its students have been moved to other schools.

Carver High School has been open in their community for almost 60 years, and parents said they do not want the doors to close.

Shelby County School Board voted to close the school over the summer because of low enrollment. 

Reverend Ralph White, a leader in the community, is at the forefront of the fight to keep Carver open.

"We have great, smart children here and they deserve every opportunity to be in school in their neighborhood," White said.

Before closing, Carver High School had fewer than 200 students.

People living near Carver said closing the school will hurt students and destroy the community.

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