Pickens Co. school ordered to stay open in desegregation case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Pickens County school involved in a decades-old desegregation case will not be closed as school board members wished.

But it will only serve students through the sixth grade instead of through the 12th as it has previously.

That's according to an order by U-S District Judge Karon Bowdre.

The school's name will also be changed from Carrollton Unit School to Carrollton Elementary School and the board will also determine if the other grades should be restored.

Olivia Martin, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, says plaintiffs in the case objected to the board's move to close the school due to low enrollment rates.

Martin says Carrollton was the county's most integrated school.

The board was required to seek the court's permission to close the school as mandated in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown versus Board of Education.

The ACLU assisted parents and students who wanted to keep the school open.

Courtesy: Associated Press