SCS considers moving alternative programs into Carver High School building

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- There could be new life for the building that housed Carver High School in South Memphis.

The district may combine two programs and move them into the building. They are alternative schools for students who might have gotten into trouble.

"I went to Carver, graduated from Carver, played football at Carver," said Ben Anderson, who lives near the school building.

He is not sure about the district possibly re-purposing the building for something that is not Carver High School.

The School Board voted to close the school earlier this summer, citing low enrollment and performance issues.

"It's not going to be the same," he said.

Shelby County Schools said Superintendent Dorsey Hopson suggested moving two alternative programs into the building.

Southwest Prep Academy and MLK Transition Academy would combine under the new MLK College and Career Academy.

The district said the Carver building is better suited for high school students than the other south Memphis buildings they are currently in.

"I do think that it's a good idea, because the two schools that we are merging, the buildings are old and the deferred maintenance is high, but I also believe that the superintendent, along with the board members, we do need to have a conversation with the community before we make any decision," said SCS Board Member Stephanie Love.

The district agreed.

While the change could happen as soon as this upcoming school year, there will likely be community input, before sending alternative programs into the neighborhood.

A district spokesperson said this is an item that does not technically require the Shelby County School Board's approval.