UPDATE: Bear Grass Voted Third For Charter School Status

A State Board of Education committee is recommending Bear Grass High School in Martin County be granted charter school status.

The committee voted Tuesday and recommended the schools for the three available charter school spots in the following order: Lake Lure Classical, Rutherford County; Henderson Collegiate, Vance County; and Bear Grass Charter, Martin County.

Six schools are vying for three charter school spots. The state has a cap of 100 charter schools.

The N.C. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow 106 charter schools in the state. That would give all of the schools vying for charters this year the opportunity to become a charter. However, the bill needs to pass the N.C. Senate and be signed by the governor before becoming law. It is currently in the committee level of the N.C. Senate.

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A group of parents working to keep a local high school open, though their school board voted to close it, will be watching what happens at the state school board level Tuesday.

A State Board of Education committee meets today to vote on charter schools to be recommended to the full state board. Some parents in Martin County have proposed the state convert Bear Grass High School into a charter school. That's after the Martin County School Board voted to close Bear Grass last year to merge it with another county high school.

Bear Grass is one of six schools vying for three spots. The official announcement of which three get the charter school status is scheduled for July 10.

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  • by spock Location: bear grass on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    there will be no charter school. it was voted on this a.m. resulting in no charter. i give more information as i hear it
  • by mommy Location: nc on Jul 22, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    I will be so glad when BG gets the charter school,so all this bickering will stop.I've lived in Williamston all my life.I graduated in .If the ELITE of Williamston want a charter school for their kids, then let them apply.Not much has changed
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Jul 20, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    I'm with you Susan!
  • by Susan on Jul 15, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    to MC RES@1;24..Who pays you to think?Just b/c the people believe in something they are preaching hate? Have you ever stood up for anything? I don't think anyone asked you for you info. Don't even start about how parents act. We could pull out the old green/gold book and let some facts fly. There are Williamston parents behind all this mess, do you not see that?I am NOT from BG but Williamston and no I do not support consolidation. I am a very open minded person and I see the in 's and outs of the who's and who's of Williamston. I am sick and tired of hearing about BG asking for something free. Do you not think that BG people work and pay taxes also. OH my who is more selfish than the County seat?? By the way I don't think they want a private school ,I think the want a Public Charter School so they don't have to be ruled by a board if idiots!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Whatever, your post is no less than what I expected. Now that I know they delayed the vote I will not visit util Aug 6. So good luck people hope you get what you need. Its hard to beleive folks blame a whole town for the finances of the county. But hey, you're grown ,go balance the check book!
  • by whatever on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    To MC RES: Why are you on the blog if you are sick of it... And if you read the blogs you would realize there are people from all over MC that have made comments not just BG... Grow up!
  • by MC RES Location: MC on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    I think the adults in BG who protest so much are prejudice and they preach hate. The children most likely have friends within the whole county. All people have to do is read the paper and this blog to know this. I am ashamed. Not of Williamston but of the adults in BG who have acted so ugly. Say what you want BG folks, YOU are the ones who thrive on this junk. Go, I hope you get your priviate school because we are sick of the adults' misrepresentation of facts, name calling and selfishness.
  • by spock Location: bear grass on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    i just got word that the state board relayed approving bear grass as well as the other two school the state has a chance to approve to have 106 charter schools in n.c. then in august they {state board} will review and possibly approve all schools seekin charter. this is only a delay. we ll get our charter BEAR GRASS.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I claim honesty teacher, not the self-righteous tolerance psycho-blather that you preach. I guess spreading hate and intolerance is fine as long as it targets what elitist teachers don't like. You pseudo intellectuals are mind numbingly silly at times.
  • by Teacher Location: Martin County on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Just following your example Tad.

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