Judge: Bear Grass Charter School Gets Its Building Back

By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman
By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman

A judge has ordered that Bear Grass Charter School in Martin County get its old building back so it can reopen for classes in August.

At a hearing Wednesday at the Beaufort County Courthouse a judge ordered the plaintiffs with the charter school be provided the school property free of charge for the school year of 2012-13 and that the lease to the town is void.

The Bear Grass Charter School is now expected to reopen in the same building it operated in for several years August 27th. The school closed in 2010

A full hearing will be held in January for both sides to state their case. Regardless of that outcome, Bear Grass will have the school for at least one year.

The town of Bear Grass had leased the old school for 5 years from the Martin County school board. The board stipulated that the town could not sublet the building to a school, private or public. Judge Rusty Duke nullified the lease, saying it preserved the school system's monopoly.

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