Asbury community members demand better from their school

Asbury community members demand better from their school

People in one Valley town are upset because they say their school isn't up-to-par with neighboring schools.

On Thursday more than 50 protesters from Asbury lined Highway 431 in front of the Marshall County Board of Education in Guntersville.

They're upset 3 electives have been pulled from the school. They say it puts children at Asbury in a disadvantage.

"That is our focus. No politics, no nothing. It is the kids," Keith McClendon said.

People in Asbury, including basketball coach Johnny Pelham, fire chief Albert Childress and Keith McClendon, say the situation at Asbury cannot be ignored.

"Being a coach and being a teacher here, I obviously care about more than just mine, I care about every single kid here. And so it's important for us to get this school where it needs to be," coach Johnny Pelham said.

They say over-crowding and inadequate facilities have been a problem, but they say it was time to take action when 3 classes (agribusiness, business computer and family and consumer science) were taken away from the curriculum.

"We're the only school out of 4 in the county that they took AG away," chief Albert Childress said.

"I want the same education for my kids as other places," coach Johnny Pelham said.

Superintendent Tim Nabors says the classes haven't been canceled forever.

The bottom line is money.

Nabors told our news partner, The Sand Mountain Reporter, their biggest concern is having enough teachers for academic classes like algebra.

Childress says the superintendent and school board have agreed to meet with them to try to work something out.

That should happen next week. A date and time has not been set.