Judge Won't Keep Bear Grass School Open

A judge in Pender County has denied issuing a temporary restraining order that would have kept Bear Grass School open as residents pursue a lawsuit against the State Board of Education and the Martin County Board of Education.

The school closed at the end of the school year as part of a consolidation effort in Martin County. Earlier this year residents were unsuccessful in getting the state to make Bear Grass a charter school.

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.

Judge Gary Trawick denied the foundation's request to keep the school open, saying it was too close to the start of the school year to make that happen. Instead, the judge said a trial on the case will be heard in early September.

Parents who attended the hearing in Burgaw say their fight to have a school in Bear Grass isn't over and their hope is one day to have the school reopen.


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  • by 2 schools Location: MC on Aug 1, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    3 days!!!!!!!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jul 26, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    Fake "Neo", do not use my name to rile Cornholio. Anybody who reads these comments regularly will know by your ignorance of proper English, poor composition skills and lame attempt at a joke that you are the joke and complete phony. You are a poser, bow to your master ..... Cornholio!!
  • by Cornholio Location: Parmele on Jul 25, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    I hope the town of Williamston annexes all of you upper crust hypocrites, all the way to the Bear Trap Road. That is the plan, here's to seeing it through. You people think the people from Jamesville and Bear Grass should just get over anything that is done to them, fair or not, for the good of the whole. Well you "just outside the Holy City" folks need to close your holes and become "just inside the Holy City" folks ...... for the good of the whole. HA HA HA HA !!! Yeah, hypocrites, what's good for the whole is good for you too. Enjoy paying those town taxes and bow to your masters in the Holy City.
  • by Irv Location: Farmlife on Jul 24, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    I am amazed that no one has brought up an arguement about why the sight for the school was chosen, namely annexation. The town of Williamston as of now is trying to annex down US17 to Bear Grass rd by Fisher Harris store. Once the school is built, then they will try to annex down past the site to Ranch Motel rd, acquiring Woodland Acres as well as White Oak subdivision. I personally have talked to a resident in Woodland Acres who received a letter concerning this issue several months ago. It's just another plot to annex property for the town to collect more taxes.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    You are right "Anonymous" of Jul 22 at 10:01pm, the kids from Williamston are fine, it is the parents who have the problems. What did Ronnie take?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    The students will be fine. It is the parents who are the dummies, and one county commissioner who takes stuff from schools.
  • by AYP scores on Jul 22, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    Students who can, who want to and who will succeed will do so in any school, whether that school is identified as an "AYP" school or not. Yes, AYP benchmarks are important, but they cannot be used to compare schools who do not have the same student demographics. People use AYP stats to say what they want them to say...you still have to look at individual performance. The successful students who were at Bear Grass and Jamesville will also be successful at Riverside and Southcreek.
  • by Cornholio Location: Parmele on Jul 22, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    "Concerned" of Jul 22 at 1:04 PM, you Kan Klean my Kohler. It's a Cimarron with an Elongated Bowl. I ate Krispy Kremes and Kabbage.
  • by Concerned Location: MC on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    I'm not getting the message here. Does the people from Bear Grass think they own Martin County? That mentality is over 200 years old. Welcome to the Real World! Kan you Kome Klean
  • by Derek Price on Jul 22, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    To the 11:11am poster: I'm really not trying to pick a fight with you, but you say maybe everyone should have a chance to go to Bear Grass to get a better education. We don't know exactly why we had such high scores, we actually had one of the highest student/teacher ratios in the County. I love our teachers, but, I don't think we were pulling from some "pool" of available teachers that no one else had access to. We do have overwhelming "community" suppport and I know our fans out there think we are a bunch of rich, racist, backwoods people, but, whatever you think, our scores are proof. The term "AYP", which you have heard, gives you the legal option to pull your kids out of schools that don't make "AYP" and move them to schools that do, given space limitations. Rogers School got flooded this year. My question is: where are your choices now? Two high schools are gone, guess which ones. Look at the County "AYP" stats on the BOE website and demand better.
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