BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Capitol High School alumni, teachers, students, and community members were given a chance to voice their vision for the future of the school.

For years, Capitol High School has been running as a recovery school. This means they’ve been running under their own board. But next year it will return to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

“This charter experiment over the last 13-14 years that the school has been under state control has not worked out ideally for Capitol High School,” said Cleve Dunn, president of Capitol High School Alumni Association.

Dozens participated in a community meeting hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education on Thursday.

“This school needs significant investments,” said Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “It is a legacy high school in this city. We need to honor that but at the same time we need to see what the future could hold.”

Brumley said the state wants to make sure they hear from the community before any decisions are made.

“One thing going in that I know is really important is having families know if they live in this particular community that their child will have a seat in this school,” said Brumley.

EBR Schools wants to turn the campus into a medically-focused school by partnering with Baton Rouge General Hospital. This would be the latest in a line of schools that now focus on getting students ready for specific industries.

“We have to make sure that we are accommodating every student and every need,” said one community member.

Some residents they were disappointed they didn’t hear from EBR Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse and state leaders did not explain the plan moving forward.

“We have not had our school system actually say what we really are going to receive,” said Corhoda Corley, a community member.

Dunn said he’s open to the idea but wants to make sure the legacy of Capitol High carries on.

“We also want to preserve a general track for kids who are not interested in healthcare,” he said.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will lay out its plans for Capitol High at the BESE meeting next week.