FIRST ON WITN: Bear Grass Gets Okay For Charter School

The state Board of Education this morning approved nine new public charter schools, including one for Bear Grass.

Citizens of the Martin County town have been trying to get a charter school ever since the county school system closed the school in 2008.

The state approved the charter for Bear Grass and eight other schools that were fast-tracked once state law no longer capped the number of charter schools in the state at 100.

Bear Grass School will open in August.

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that get their funding from taxpayers but operate with fewer of the regulations facing traditional public schools.

Other charters here in the East getting approved today are North East Carolina Preparatory School in Edgecombe County and Water's Edge Village School in Currituck County.


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  • by Annia on Mar 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Mr. Ed, it doesnt matter how many lawyers the Board has. What matters is the consistance that the PEOPLE of Bear Grass have so that we could get the school back. The people of BG do have thier ducks in a line. Im proud to be a cougar. But I will ALWAYS be a bear. As will many other people. And we will find a building. We will find a building. If you have children that you don't want to send to BG, then DON'T.
  • by MR ED Location: martin county on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
    Well well the folks down in Beargrass got them a Charter school and they aint even got a building to have school in.They filed a lawsuit against the Martin Co.Board of Education in 2010 and that suit is pending so therefore the school can't be sold. So will somebody please tell me WHY they thought that Martin Co. Board of Education was going to sell it to them.Martin Co. Board of Education has more lawyers than the Beargrass people . Soundsike Beargrass needs to get their ducks in a row.Maybe the charter school can go up in Mr Hodges Factory in Greenville since he is so CONCERNED about the children in Beargrass or maybe they can get some trailers for a school and park them in the front yard of his home.No building means no charter school in August.
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      by Wilbur on Mar 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM in reply to MR ED
      Mr. Ed, Why you be hating?
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      by HAHA on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to MR ED
      dey shot deyself in da foot yo!!
  • by rad on Mar 8, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    All this talk about Bear Grass and Jamesville what about Roanoke High School? Before yall came and changed RHS to purple cougars we had honor students and won many Championships in Sports so yea take yall country hind parts back and put the skins back IN!
  • by Williamston Elite on Mar 8, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    I heard that they have discovered a big mold infestation at the school. The new motto for Bear Grass school should be tear it down, burn it to the ground
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      by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:55 PM in reply to Williamston Elite
      It was planted by charlotte, the hot dog queen
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        by Mayor who? on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM in reply to
        LOL. She has certainly earned the title
  • by Sue Location: Bear Grass on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    To all: There will be question and answer meeting tonight at the Bear Grass Gym concerning the Bear Grass Charter School.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Sue
      In that moldy old place? no thanks
  • by Anonymous Location: Home on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    You hit the nail on the head Sub. I spent twenty years in front of the classroom, and I can tell you have been there before. We need to focus on fixing the real problems with education. The rest of it is just bickering.
  • by toby on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    I never actually attended Bear Grass High, but I was a student at Rodgers Elem. Then went to Williamston after my family moved. I graduated from Williamston High but still kept in contact with my friends who went to bear grass high. i even dated a guy from bear grass high. honestly, i dont even know why they decided to consolidate the schools. im glad i graduated before the Tigers became the Knights. i knew from the jump bear grass would fight to the death to keep their school...my oldest sis went there and she did very well academically. she went on to a 4yr college and is successful today. it was just a poor decision to uproot the communities and turn them against each other. i say put all the students back and make everybody happy. 4 high schools in martin county...so what? everybody is learning, well at least those who want to learn. #bringbackTigerPride
  • by me Location: here on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    MC Elementary Battle of the Books winner was EJ Hayes, 2nd place was East End and 3rd place was Edna Andrews (or visa versa), BG and Jamesville didn't place. Hmmmmm? Better schools? I don't know 'bout that.
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      by Look on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:53 PM in reply to me
      Read the school report cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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        by ENC on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:08 AM in reply to Look
        WITN reported on the report cards for counties around us but Martin County was not listed. Why? Because we scored at all county schools 5 to 10 percent better than the county schools around us in all areas but one. Martin county teachers actually provide a better education to your students than counties around us. They work harder and are criticized more than teachers from other counties but they provide good sound education. Don't believe me, go to the state report cards and look at our schools and compare them to Pitt, Beaufort, etc.
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      by Sue on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:40 AM in reply to me
      And you are talking about Pitt County Schools not Martin County. Each district has their own contests.
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        by Anon on Mar 8, 2012 at 02:29 PM in reply to Sue
        Sue, the test results are not contests within the individual counties. Score results are state-wide results and the comparative data provided is based on standardized scoring. Results measure the percentage of students at level 3 or level 4 on the various tests. It is a state comparison.
  • by me Location: here on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Bruce, you must've gone to BG. Looks that way from your langusge and spelling. Yep, I'd want my child to go there.
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      by bruce whitaker on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:31 PM in reply to me
      Look at your spelling first, If your old enough to have children please do send them to the charter school and tell your friends its time to put education first. Thanks Me
  • by Jamesville Citizen on Mar 6, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    I have heard some say that Jamesville did not help in this fight. Jamesville did help in the fight the first time and put money into the fight and went to Raleigh, but each time I ever read, heard or attended anything it was always about Bear Grass and putting the charter in Bear Grass and saving Bear Grass. Jamesville was thrown under the bus. I too wish that all schools were saved. Jamesville lost a lot we had a larger school than Bear Grass with more kids attending. I mean it is a larger town. Don't get me wrong none of the towns in Martin County are large, but Jamesville was a larger town or actually a town. We do have our own zip code and post office.
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      by brucewhitakerjr on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to Jamesville Citizen
      Me, Jamesville was there all along. I hope the school will have to stay open. Its is being used now. Bear Grass didn't get their high school back. In fact, we have to move in a hurry to get charter school going. I understand that the BOE will do what it can to stop it. They will even not sell or rent old school to charter commitee. I hope you understand that would be a lost in revenue for Martin county. Also, Jamesville needs their school as well. Jamesville has always been on top of the list as top achievers.The town has a lot of pride. I say for Bear Grass. Go Jamesville. I support you all the way.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to brucewhitakerjr
        Nice way of saying that BG screwed Jamesville. They supported you and now they are out of luck. I think it is funny though so thanks for the chuckle
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      by Martin County Resident on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:33 PM in reply to Jamesville Citizen
      I'm not going to engage in a mudslinging contest (people on here have engaged in enough of that)-- you are right that Jamesville also had a wonderful school. My advice to you is follow your dreams. Jamesville can apply for their own charter school now that the ban has been lifted.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Jamesville Citizen
      You guys helped but they do not need you now so they have moved on
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