Bear Grass Makes Pitch For Charter School

A local high school slated to close its doors may be able to stay open.

Last year, Martin County school board members voted to close Bear Grass high school and merge it with another high school in the county.

Parents and community members organized the "Support Our Schools" organization to fight the closure. Tuesday they took their fight to the state board of education by proposing to convert the school to a charter school.

The Bear Grass educational foundation is now one of six finalists vying for three charter school positions in the state. Parents, like Joyce Ward, say they should do what it takes to remain in community. "I agree if we can't keep our school, I think the charter school will be a very good thing. We need to keep the school in the community. The community is important to the school."

The state should make an announcement on the new charter schools during a July 10th meeting.

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