School board votes to close Pope Elementary – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: This is quite interesting. No monies being set aside for upkeep of the schools on the Edgecombe County side. So what will happen to the others? I understand how they voted to close the schools but my question is why did they allow it get to that point? And then I don’t understand how you move a school from one location to an existing building and name it after the school that is in question. I don’t think I have ever heard of such. Oh well!

“Save our school! Save our school!”

Those were the chants of audience members holding up signs bearing those same words at a Wednesday meeting in the O.R. Pope Elementary School gymnasium to determine the future of the school.

The audience members began chanting after a member of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education made a motion to move the O.R. Pope School, including the students and staff, to the D.S. Johnson – Fairview adjoined facility effective the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

But the board voted to close the doors of Pope to students, with the Rev. Robert Bynum the only member voting no.

Kindergarten through second-grade students at Pope will be moved to Fairview and third-through fifth-grade students will be moved to Johnson. (Source: Read more)

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