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Gadsden County Community Gears Up for Special School Board Meeting

Gadsden County Community Gears Up for Special School Board Meeting
Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 07:29:38-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Right now in Gadsden County, folks are meeting with the school board to go over the district's proposal to reconfigure schools.

We've been following this story for several weeks now as the community continues to search for clarity.

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall is in Quincy for tonight's meeting.

Last week, parents, teachers and community members packed the school board meeting.

Most of them wanting to talk about the district's intentions to restructure schools.

Tonight is a special meeting set up by the board to address those concerns.

In fact, the board scheduled the meeting for this evening, so that more people could attend.

The conversation last week got pretty passionate as parents from different parts of the county pleading with the board to keep their local schools open.

Board members themselves were at odds, especially with the revelation that there are actually two proposals on the table: one from the superintendent and one from the chairman.

Both plans are quite different. For example, the superintendent calls for the merging of both high schools. The chairman says to keep them separate.

The superintendent calls for the demolition of carter-parramore academy, but the chairman suggests renovating and repairing it, due to its significant African-American history.

There's a lot more to both plans and the community isn't totally one way or the other.

In fact, one resident told me consolidation is the only option here, in order to keep gadsden county competitive and to improve education for all students.

A lot to work out still, but there has been no indication from the board on when they will vote on the proposal.