Parents Concerned Over Future of Carver High School

What's the future of Carver High School? That's the question many concerned parents and area leaders took to the board of education Tuesday night. "I want you to know my concern for Carver and roots run deep," said Willie Robinson.

Carver is the flagship project for the school systems $300 million facilities plan. It's set to open in 2009. Board Chairman Dave Borden said, "We are standing at the gateway to Montgomery."

Under the plan, a new Carver will be built, but the board hasn't determined where. Many want to keep it where it is on Fairview Avenue.  "We want to keep Carver on this site," says Robinson.

Supporters say Carver is more than a school, it's an institution. They believe the history here flows beyond these walls. "Elders in this community who want to give me the history point to Carver High School and speak of a cotton filed.  They remember a cotton field coming down to make way for this complex.  We want that future to continue," said the Rev. Edward Nettle.

Some school board members say they would like to see the school rebuilt at it's current location. The board expects to select the site in a couple of weeks.

Also at Tuesday night's meeting, the board voted to transfer the Peterson Elementary School Property to the City of Montgomery for $1000.  The board voted to shut down Peterson earlier this year.   The board also decided to hire a group to help the school system implement Federal Programs.  Board Members also passed a resolution in support of Amendment 2.

Earlier Tuesday, the board met with a consultant to discuss superintendent candidates. The board should begin interviews by the end of next week. The board hopes to name a new superintendent by mid-November.