Several people in Jamestown gathered on Friday night in hopes to save the Alvin York Institute.
Organizers said they hope Friday's gathering would be a community-wide rally, but they admitted the turnout was surprisingly low.
As it stands now, the state funds and operates the school, but the senate wants Fentress County to take control of the Alvin York Institute.
Jamestown Mayor Ryan Smith said they can't afford the costs that come along with running the school.
"Every time, there's been some grace there. Some state senator, some house representative members and some local people who have been able to make the difference," said Mayor Smith. "But this time it's different. No one, no one in the community is really worried about it because I think they just assume it's going to be ok like the last time, and this time it's different."
A senate sub-commitee is set to take up the matter again next week.