Historic Gadsden County school planned to be torn down

Historic Gadsden County school set to be torn down
Historic Gadsden County school set to be torn down
Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 13:00:23-05

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) - A historic Gadsden County school is planned to be torn down.

The Gadsden County School District intends to demolish Carter-Parramore Academy in Quincy to make room for a new K-8 school.

The school was built in the fifties and the district says it's time for it to go. The superintendent and the principal agree it's best for the students.

Right now, Carter-Parramore is an alternative education school. But there's been quite the history here.

In 1970, the school was the first in the county to desegregate. Last year, former president Bill Clinton campaigned here for his wife Hillary.

Superintendent Roger Milton says the district is applying for state funding to build a school here that would replace Stewart Street Elementary.

"We have not have a new school in the district since about 2004 with West Gadsden High School, which is now West Gadsden Middle -- and so, to have a state-of-the-art facility for our students is imperative to us in Gadsden," said Milton.

The school board will go over the district's five-year plan at its next meeting. Milton says that includes more consolidation.

The district is waiting to hear back from the state about whether or not it will receive funding for the project. Ideally, the superintendent says a new school could be ready to go in two or three years.