Committee put together to help with Carver Gym renovation

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Once again, the Carver Gym was the main topic of discussion for a packed room during Monday's Marked Tree City Council meeting.

In recent months, the council has talked of leasing the gym, which has fallen into disrepair, to the George Washington Carver Alumni Association (GWCAA). GWCAA President George Chestia Dial addressed the council regarding the proposed lease and the state of the gym, which has served the black community of Marked Tree since integration and the closing of the George Washington Carver School.

Though discussion became heated at times, several people volunteered to form a committee to help move forward with repairing the gym. Throughout the meeting, several members of the audience spoke up, at one point suggesting putting into place a one cent sales tax to fund the repairs. Such a tax would bring in around $226,000 in a year, which many people in the audience spoke in favor of. A special election would have to be held to vote on the tax.

See the extensive article in the 6-11-15 edition of the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune.

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