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State Board Takes No Action On Bear Grass Request

The North Carolina State Board of Education took no action Thursday after Bear Grass School supporters made a plea to keep their school open.

Some 70 supporters of the Martin County school filled the meeting room in Raleigh. Bear Grass spokesman Phil Hodges did address the board, telling them how Bear Grass has been in the top 10 math and science scores for the past ten years and why it was important to keep the school open in the community.

The supporters had hoped the state board would give them the last remaining charter school slot that was available. Last year Bear Grass came in fourth for the three charter slots that were filled.

The Martin County school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters hoped to keep it open by turning it into a charter school.

SBOE Chairman Bill Harrison told the group they could apply again next year for charter school status. Some Bear Grass supporters were concerned that Kathy Taft of Greenville, the only local member on the state board, did not speak up during the meeting.

With Thursday's decision the school will close in May. Supporters say they plan to reapply next year for charter school status.


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Some seventy supporters of Bear Grass School are filling the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh this morning.

The Martin County school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters failed last year in their attempt to get charter school status for the school to keep it open.

Many of the supporters are wearing blue, one of the school colors of Bear Grass.

The group hopes to convince the state board to give Bear Grass one remaining charter school slot.

WITN's Michael Baldwin is at the meeting and will have more as developments happen.


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Dozens of supporters of Bear Grass School plan to show up in Raleigh Thursday and attend a State Board of Education meeting.

The school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters failed last year in their attempt to get charter school status for the school to keep it open. Supporters say they have chartered a bus with at least 50 people planning to attend the meeting.

The group has asked to be placed on the board's agenda, but the BOE's online agenda doesn't appear to reflect that. The group says there is still one more charter school slot available and wants to ask the state since they narrowly lost in the last round why can't they get that other slot.

The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. in Raleigh.


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