Bear Grass Graduation "Bittersweet"

Bear Grass School is scheduled to close for good after graduation Thursday.

Bear Grass and Jamesville Schools are supposed to merge with Roanoke and Williamston High Schools in the fall.

People hoping to turn Bear Grass school into a charter school say they're trying to reopen a lawsuit to keep the school from closing for at least another year.

Bear Grass Educational Foundation members say they first filed the lawsuit against Martin County Schools and the State Board of Education in 2008 because the county didn't hold the proper community meetings necessary to close the school.

Last May, the judge put the case on hold for a year - saying Bear Grass could try to turn itself into a charter school and no one should interfere with the process.

But Educational Foundation members say the state school board denied their charter school request because Martin County Schools interfered - which is why they want the lawsuit reopened.

Martin County Schools Superintendent Tom Daly says he can't comment on the case because it's an ongoing legal matter.

Parents and students who attend bear grass school showed up at the school in support of the lawsuit Wednesday, and say Thursday's graduation will be bittersweet.

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