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Church Gives New Life to Old School

Posted June 10, 2007

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— After years of sitting empty, there is new life for an old school.

Wake Schools closed the old Carver Elementary site in 1998 and replaced it with a new school nearby.

Before it was Carver, it was Pleasant Grove Elementary. Pleasant Grove Baptist is part of its history.

“It was a school that many of the African American youth walked to from various parts of the community,” said Rev. Asa Bell.

Pleasant Grove Baptist was founded in 1863 by a freed slave. Exactly 100 years later, Tyrone Richardson graduated eighth grade at the school that sits right next door.

“You know we went through segregation. We went through integration. It has been a positive experience for the community,” Richardson said.

When Wake County Schools closed Carver Elementary and built a new one, the church made them an offer of $150,000. At the school board meeting on June 5, the sale was final.

The church plans to use the school for church activities and community events. There will also be after-school programs and tutoring services.

Another group tried to purchase the property in 2002, but the sale fell through.

Pleasant Grove Baptist plans to renovate the property as soon as possible.


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  • Nothing New Jun 11, 2007

    I am glad the church got the old school and will put it to good use but that sounds like a very cheap price. How much land went with it??? The prices the school board is paying for property now that amount would not even buy an acre. Sounds to cheap to me.

  • superman Jun 11, 2007

    I am sure parents would love sending their kids to an old school that has been closed-- another school close by the new one would mean more busing -- there are only so many kids that live close to a school. If they want to bus-- the could buy the old Dix property-- and just build 20 or 30 schools on the one site and bus everyone from everywhere in the county downtown. Schools need to be close to the student population and they cant be too close together or that means more and further busing. Think things thru please. The school board knows what they are doing even if you dont.

  • Just Once Jun 11, 2007

    You know that seems like a perfect match - schools converted to churches. seems like $150k was a DEAL.

  • WhyWhyWhy Jun 11, 2007

    What wonderful news! We need more community involvement with our youth if we are ever going to make positive changes- kudos to Pleasant Grove Baptist! Congratulations.

  • Real Jun 11, 2007

    Great news. Congratulations Pleasant Grove.

  • atozca Jun 11, 2007

    Good story! Great news for Pleasant Grove Baptist. I can't help but wonder though why Wake County Schools would not have utilized this empty school for their overcrowding situation?

  • MissBee Jun 10, 2007

    now this is the kind of news that makes a person smile..........