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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Guilford County School Board got an ear full from alumni, parents and some students of T.W. Andrews High School upset over what they claim has been years of neglect by the board toward the school.

“If I were you, I would be ashamed at what’s happened at Andrews High School," said one alumni at Tuesday night’s special meeting. "I'm ashamed of you!”

Alumni say the actions of school board members, dating back 10 to 20 years, have led to Andrews becoming “segregated" with a larger population of African-American students. Community members blamed the school board for the uneven diversity by not enforcing school district lines and allowing too many families to transfer out of the school district.

"I came here because I felt I belonged here," said a rising senior at Andrews, upset with poor school maintenance. "I don’t belong to an aged building, to a bathroom with mold in it. I don’t belong to any of that."

School board members pointed to lawmakers’ lack of funding to education for the poor maintenance of the school and said when it comes to enforcing district lines they follow all policy and laws.

“The question was asked, was Andrews worth saving?" Board Member Amos Quick repeated. "There are no plans to close Andrews, there are no plans to close Andrew but to enhance Andrews.”

School board members said they would work to create a plan to address issues and community concerns at the school.