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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  • by Outside looking in Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    To "Sick and Tired" - There in lies the problem... what they do with THEIR money is none of YOUR business! Just like consolidation, if it don't affect YOUR child then it is none of YOUR business!
  • by Pee-d Location: martin co on May 30, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    Go Green Waves its been almost forty years I haven't forgot the colors or class mates. Now there are kids living within four miles of Riverside but will be traveling over fifteen miles one way each day to South Creek does this make sense? The state should investigate and prosecute if shady deals where made.
  • by Sad Location: ENC transplant on May 29, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    If the high schools had been consolidated into one high school in the 1970's like many counties this size, all politics would have been removed from the school system. It makes me sad to see multiple generations dealing with the same issue to the point it has become venemous. One of the results is how public this ugly debate has become and the impact it will have on future generations as they have learned unhealthy ways of dealing with controversy. But, I should not interject my point of view as I am not qualified. I have only attended both community schools (10 years), private schools (1 year) and large public high school (2 years). It was so traumatic I have only 3 college degrees including a masters from a top 10 university. That being said, this is about politics. The fact there will be 2 schools reveals either a political agenda or a lack of courage to do the very best thing for both the children and the county. Get politics out of education.
  • by Walt Location: Williamston on May 29, 2010 at 02:34 AM
    "Sick and Tired", they aren't dirty at all for those who lose nothing and gain significantly from them. For those who actually bear the burden of them, they are sore subjects. You should try being a little less selfish and see things from the point of veiw of the people who always end up under the heel of your boot.
  • by Scooby Doo Location: Mystery Machine on May 28, 2010 at 09:37 PM
    Ruht Rohw Shaggy, Da mystery of da missing painting...Me think they crept through da bushes and forest in da middle of da night. Dhen dhey removed da picture from da wall and crawled back to Deadwood. Dhen dhey hung it in the most visible place in da County...What a well thought out theft...It was 'ol man Winters what done it and framed dhem...Shaggy, by da whay? What do unaccounted mean anyway?
  • by Sick and Tired Location: Williamston on May 28, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    Who would ever dream that consolidation and annexation would become such dirty words. You would think that people who live in a county with 30 percent of their children living in poverty could find better things to do with their money than filing lawsuits.
  • by To BG on May 28, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    You need to at least get your story straight. We had 2 Uhauls, 1 county truck and 1 LEO who is a school officer. We also did not throw ANYTHING away. You are a liar and you know it.In fact, the only thing that can't be accounted for is a painting that was in the cafe that found it's way to Deadwood recently.Maybe your beloved Mr price explain that mystery to us. Call a spade a spade or keep your mouth shut.
  • by Moving Day Location: BG on May 28, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Aren't these laughing COWs (Central Office Workers) the ones responsible for supplying the schools with materials which they now call junk? BG had substandard materials and still had the highest test scores?
  • by Mary Location: Farmlife on May 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Communities will be dying in Martin County. Businesses will be closed. Positions will be lost on all sports teams. More kids will be getting into trouble. More parents will have no influence, being out of town. Kids will be lost. Parents will be bitter. Hope all responsible will feel it and be sorry.
  • by Tammy Location: Williamston on May 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Cornholio,,,first of all I am not from WILLIAMSTON so it is not about ME..I live here,,,but my home town is EDENTON...were the high school is in town, the middle school is in the county and the elementary is in between...I had to drive to school 20 plus were not seeing my point...which by reading all your post I can tell you are self point is everyone is losing.It WOULD not bother me one BIT if they centralized the locations for ALL the schools.. I am a true beleiver that the lines need to is folks like you that make it IMPOSSIBLE for anybody else to have a view...because you must think yours is the only one!! I have MANY friends Williamston, Jamesville, and Bear Grass who I love dearly..I just hate it for everyone!! So get off your high horses and realize everyone has a view I was not putting anyone DOWN!! or trying to boost it up for anyone..ALL of Williamston did not ask for this consildation becaue they do not want to deal with folks like you!

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