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Lawrence County School Board votes to close R.A. Hubbard High School; federal court must approve

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 8:10 PM CST
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MOULTON, Ala. (WAFF) - The Lawrence County school board voted Monday night to close one of its schools.

There was a 4-1 vote to close R.A. Hubbard High School in North Courtland. This comes after a years-long discussion about declining enrollment and rising costs per student.

It’s important to note since the school is under a desegregation order, a federal district court will have to approve this before the school actually closes. If approved by a federal judge, the school will close at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

“The question is should R.A. Hubbard High School be closed? The answer is no,” said a current student.

Over the weekend WAFF 48 attended a community meeting of people rallying together against this.

“I am asking you, please do not close R.A. Hubbard. I received my strong foundation came from R.A. Hubbard and I want the kids behind me to experience that as well,” said an R.A. Hubbard graduate.

Many parents say this school means so much to this community and they don’t feel their children will be as successful at Hatton High or East Lawrence.

The chapter president of the NAACP, Jan Turnbore says he will keep fighting.

“As far as I’m concerned, the four that voted to shut the school down had their minds made up when they came in,” said Turnbore. “They didn’t even consider the speeches of the students who opened up their hearts, we are going to ready ourselves for the court battle.”

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