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.