State Board Takes No Action On Bear Grass Request

The North Carolina State Board of Education took no action Thursday after Bear Grass School supporters made a plea to keep their school open.

Some 70 supporters of the Martin County school filled the meeting room in Raleigh. Bear Grass spokesman Phil Hodges did address the board, telling them how Bear Grass has been in the top 10 math and science scores for the past ten years and why it was important to keep the school open in the community.

The supporters had hoped the state board would give them the last remaining charter school slot that was available. Last year Bear Grass came in fourth for the three charter slots that were filled.

The Martin County school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters hoped to keep it open by turning it into a charter school.

SBOE Chairman Bill Harrison told the group they could apply again next year for charter school status. Some Bear Grass supporters were concerned that Kathy Taft of Greenville, the only local member on the state board, did not speak up during the meeting.

With Thursday's decision the school will close in May. Supporters say they plan to reapply next year for charter school status.

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Some seventy supporters of Bear Grass School are filling the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh this morning.

The Martin County school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters failed last year in their attempt to get charter school status for the school to keep it open.

Many of the supporters are wearing blue, one of the school colors of Bear Grass.

The group hopes to convince the state board to give Bear Grass one remaining charter school slot.

WITN's Michael Baldwin is at the meeting and will have more as developments happen.

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Dozens of supporters of Bear Grass School plan to show up in Raleigh Thursday and attend a State Board of Education meeting.

The school is scheduled to close at the end of this school year and supporters failed last year in their attempt to get charter school status for the school to keep it open. Supporters say they have chartered a bus with at least 50 people planning to attend the meeting.

The group has asked to be placed on the board's agenda, but the BOE's online agenda doesn't appear to reflect that. The group says there is still one more charter school slot available and wants to ask the state since they narrowly lost in the last round why can't they get that other slot.

The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. in Raleigh.

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  • by David Location: williamston on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    if we had the industry to support a bigger population we would not have to combine but no one want's to move here to build buisness and grow our economy so get over your crying self and move on with life i went to Roanoke high school
  • by North of the River on Feb 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM
    Baker, do not be so quick to judge other people. It's not a quality that is very becoming. Just because someone did not attend the "holier than thou" Williamston High School does not mean they come from a dump. I will be glad to see everyone accept what is going to happen and act like adults.
  • by The Mighty Cornholio Location: Parmele, east side on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    "haha", I'll be praying for you to get better then. Parmele used to be such a pleasant place to live. When consolidation hit this end of the county we sensed that this might happen. We have become a rural slum. Those of you in the other end of the county don't have to sense anything, the proof is in the Roanoke pudding. Is that a country crock or crock pot?
  • by to Cornholio on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    You are not from Parmele! What a crock, and if you are you should be run out of the town all the way to Bear Grass.
  • by haha Location: williamston on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Cornholio, the ignorant rednecks are not any better!
  • by Big Picture Location: Martin County on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    It's going to happen.If we take this same effort and apply it to the making the best of the what's getting ready to happen, our kids will be better prepared for this consolidation. Some of the comments don't shock me. But it identifies that some of these problems started at home and has been placed in our kids. We talk about thugs,gang members,bullies. These problems is in all schools. And it is identified with the students. But what about Hidden racism, politics,teachers that are just there for a paycheck, favortism. These things are identified in us and the kids are the ones who suffer. Decisions should be make based upon what is truly right or wrong. So ask yourself do you have the best intrest of all the kids at heart or just yours think about it. We will be consolidating very soon. Go Bless Martin County.
  • by Cornholio Location: Parmele on Feb 14, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    "phony christian, parent, teacher in martin county", when one group of people (williamston) is running roughshod over two smaller groups (Jamesville and Bear Grass) by using another group (Roanoke) as useful idiots, don't preach about what God's will is. It is certainly not God's will for the people of Williamston to always get what they want at the expense of everyone else in the county. Your comment is as hypocritical as anything I have ever heard in my life. BTW, I wasn't born yesterday. Do you want to be there when God judges you and your friends in Williamston for doing what is best for you without regard for the feelings of others. Do you want to be there when he judges you and your friends for pitting other communities against each other for your own gain? I know I want to be there.
  • by christian, parent, teacher in martin county Location: bgs district on Feb 14, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    May God bless the people of martin county, God will have the final say - not Wiliamstion, not Jamesville, not Roanoke, no not even BearGrass- GOD will you want to be there when he does have his say? Do some of you really believe that what you've said and done is truly GOD's Will--I don't think so and i think you know it. May God be with you and may your heart speak before your weak flesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Bear Grass Parent on Feb 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    I went to school in Williamston and graduated from there. I"m proud to say I choose to live in Bear Grass and send my children to school there. It will never change for the "elite" from Williamston. It always about the money. It was that way when I went to school there and unless you came from the rich side of town you were considered dirt. Why don't the MCBOE merge WHS and RHS together. I bet your so call rich people would never let the board members get away with that. Proud to live in Bear Grass.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Feb 13, 2010 at 04:02 AM
    Thanks for clarifying that "North of the River". Plymouth, Bertie, Hertford, Northampton East, North Pitt, North Edgecombe....put'em in a bag and shake'em up, you can't tell one dump from the others. The point remains the same. North Pitt.....what a dive. Baykha!!

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