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Some community members say Florence School District One isn't fully desegregated

Community members and parents gathered at Savannah Grove Elementary School Monday night for a community forum on what they believe Florence School District One is doing, or not doing, to become fully desegregated (WPDE)

Community members and parents gathered at Savannah Grove Elementary School Monday night for a community forum on what they believe Florence School District One is doing, or not doing, to become fully desegregated.

Leaders with the Justice Department were on hand to talk about a desegregation mandate still in place from the 1970's.

The Justice Department wanted to hold the forum to hear directly from the community.

District leaders want the federal mandate dismissed, but some community members think it’s still needed.

April Orange has an 8 year old daughter at Savannah Grove Elementary and says her daughters school is racially integrated, but not economically. She wants to make sure every student in the district has access to the same technology resources.

"Students not having the resources in their hands right now, today, in order to be competitive for the jobs that are available now," Orange said.

Others say there’s still some work to do, like adding more minority teachers.

"When you still have people relocating to a city and being directed to one school zone there is still an issue," Florence City Council Member Teresa Myers Ervin said.

"We have not been as progressive as we should have been," another said.

"For a school that has a large population of minority children they need teachers," Doris Lockhart said.

Representative Terry Alexander said a truly integrated school system "right now that does not exist."

School Board Chairman Barry Townsend says the board now waits for the Justice Department’s findings.

"The questions that... this will inspire them to ask and to dig deeper into these areas to see which areas there are really concerns that need to be addressed," Townsend said.

He said he'd like to see more community members come out to the school board meetings in the future, because that is a step in the right direction on all issues.

The justice department representative at the meeting did not give a timeline for when a decision would be made.

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