(WMC-TV) - Two nights after getting the permanent appointment as superintendent of Shelby County Schools, Dorsey Hopson addressed a big crowd concerned about proposed school closures— particularly for Carver High School.
The superintendent kept it real about the proposed closure list of 12 schools.
"We've got to be honest with ourselves. We've got to be real with the data," said Hopson. "Carver is in the bottom five percent in student achievement in the state of Tennessee. I mean, that's not anything to be proud of.
Enrollment at Carver is among the district's lowest, and only 35 percent of the building is currently utilized.
"You had a football team last year with 17 kids on it ... Don't have enough kids to have band class," he said.
Hopson's reality check came during at least the fourth meeting organized by current Carver students, alumni, and community leaders.
Parents are concerned about relocating kids to Booker T. Washington, which is a rival school.
"Where they're thinking about sending them to, it is a gang rivalry ... And that will hurt these children," said Carver parent Earline Riley.
Hopson said it would take a community effort to fix the problems facing Carver and other schools on the proposed closure list. He asked for this crowd's support and prayers.
A final decision on the school closures is not expected until after the first of the year and after meetings in each affected community.
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