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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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 5, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    "What", when reading your poorly written post, it becomes very evident why BG wouldn't want their children at "Yall's" school. What they are afraid of is a terrible education like the one you have.
  • by WHAT Location: Robersonville NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    Yall white folks just don't want to come to us black folks school thats all that is but what yall scared of?
  • by i on May 20, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    To concerned parents of Martin County how many of your kids been drug tested and don't know there is not a policy in place. Daly is taken money from Martin County Schools money we do not have.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Tony, I know you are young and have been in Williamston schools for a while but...let me ask anyway. Have you ever heard of the term "blissfully ignorant"? Do they teach punctuation in Williamston? A missed period or comma here or there is one thing but.....
  • by Tony Location: Williamston on May 15, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    this is so freaking stupid, just get over the whole consolidation thing okay i mean it will better benefit yall and everybody i'm a current student at williamston high and bear grass is the only school thats taking this immaturely
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 15, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    over the drama, if what you are saying is true, why are those idiots on the school board trying as hard as they can to spend $16 million plus on a new middle school. If they are going to consolidate, why not use Jamesville High School as the new middle school. The building is in excellent shape and is geographically closer to the center of their proposed new district than any location in the city limits of Williamston. Could it be that you Williamston people think it is fine for other people's kids to ride a bus for an hour and a half but unacceptable for yours to have to travel more than 2 or 3 miles? Your arrogance is astounding.
  • by worried Location: nc on May 14, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    God bless Who? TOM DALY? WHY should this man be blessed He has caused NOTHING BUT TROUBLE since he came to this county. He told the board members what he was planning on doing when he got hired. THEY KNEW what the schools were in for. I don't care what he says.IT"S ALL coming to a head..then he'll be moving out of town with his other friends...
  • by me Location: nc on May 13, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    To over the drama.We may be broke now but the point is WE HAVEN"T ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY! If the money was disbursed evenly like it is supposed to be, the schools would NOT be in the shape they're in now.What about the LOTTERY money that the schools in NC WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING?It just goes back to all the promises made but not owned up to.If the people would put more emphasis on keeping up the schools, then we wouldn't have this problem.If the school has a bad floor don't put off fixing it for 8-10 years when the ENTIRE floor has to be replaced.Our schools have been neglected by the county officials and now THE STUDENTS must suffer the consequences.It's sad that no one really understands the problems this is causing. I really don't know how the county commissioners and the board of education members can show their faces in public. I would be ashamed to even be seen if I had a part of any of the results.I'm glad I won't have to answer for it.!!
  • by over the drama Location: Martin County on May 13, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    God Bless Tom Daly and the BOE for trying their best to balance a tough budget very tough times. Look around people...Martin Co cannot afford to keep these small schools. Take a look around at what other counties are having to do. The State is BROKE! Hellloooooo?????
  • by concerned parents Location: my pc on May 11, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    When is Tom Daly going to get the BOOT for all the DRAMA he's causing in Martin County.Why isn't his position a voted on position?I think that the citizens of Martin County should have the right to vote on the person who runs the school. What's up with this?WITN can you shed some light on this for us?Why is he appointed without the taxpayers voting?Also I understand that he has NEVER been with public schools before, and his children attended PRIVATE schools...Interesting. How can he come into a small town and run the school system like a PRIVATE school?So many people have questions that are not being answered. Because NO BODY wants to answer them. I feel that the PARENTS in martin county have a right to know WHY this man is doing what he's doing.
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