Bear Grass Charter School Holds Open House

By: Carly Swain/ April Davis
By: Carly Swain/ April Davis

Bear Grass Charter School is ready for students as their first day of classes is right around the corner.

An open house for parents and students took place Thursday night at the Bear Grass School, which is reopening as a charter school after closing down in 2010.

Principal Donna Moore says they currently have over 200 students enrolled, and are able to accommodate up to 300. She says with the first day of classes on Monday, they're right on schedule. "All our fixings to the ground, everything is completed on time. As we speak, everyone is cleaning up the last little bit."

Once Bear Grass got the green light to reopen, they didn't have much time to get the school ready to once again hold students. But Moore says it wasn't difficult at all, because the Bear Grass community was extremely helpful in getting things done.

A group in Martin County won back its charter school after a courtroom battle over the property. While they get the building rent free this school year, there are a lot of repairs to do before Bear Grass Charter School is ready for students.

Volunteers are busy renovating the school as the calendar inches closer and closer to august 27th. When students will walk the halls once again. That's what motivates volunteers like Caleb Hines.

"Without this school being here it's almost like the community has disintegrated, and this is just bringing everybody back together," said Hines.

Hines graduated from Bear Grass in 2010, the last year the doors were open. Now he's one of several grads, parents, and even grandparents cleaning up the school.

"Our cap for the charter school is 300, and we're over half way there," said principal Donna Moore.

Moore says enrollment shows a positive response to the school being open. She says the school system was stonewalling the charter because of funding.

"There's a number attached, unfortunately, to them. About x number of of dollars you get per student," said Moore.

The green light from a judge in June gave the school back to the Charter School Group from the Martin County School Board.
Moore says student from surrounding counties, like Pitt, Washington, Beaufort and even Halifax counties have applied.

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