New Life For Bear Grass Charter Proposal

Nearly two years after it closed, there could be new life for Bear Grass School.

This morning the state's Charter School Advisory Council voted to recommend Bear Grass for charter status. In August 2009 the State Board of Education rejected Bear Grass' charter proposal, and the school closed in June 2010.

But last year state lawmakers lifted to cap on the number of charter schools, so the state established the advisory council to explore which applicants should be "fast tracked" for charter status.

A Department of Public Instruction spokeswoman says the state board will now discuss the recommendations at their next meeting and decide in March which ones get approved. Those on the list must be able to open this coming August.

Martin County's school board voted in 2008 to close the school and merge it with another high school in the county.

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  • by Anon Location: Eastern NC on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
    lol, just bring your kids to Hobgood Academy! :)
  • by Kara Location: Riverside HS Student on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    I dont personally think Martin County needs another school. Kids are doing just fine with the new adjustment to South Creek and Riverside. As soon as the New Middle School is built, Jamesville will no longer need their school either. Everyone will become Riverside or South Creek. I think that is the way it should be. It is better for the county to have this number of schools, and for the pricing. I believe that most students would agree with me that everyone likes the new arrangements being divided into Riverside, and South Creek...So why should we change it again? We are perfectly fine the way things are. Anyone who wants to go to a charter school, can find somewhere else to go in my opinion.
  • by Joe Location: Farm Life on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    You guys don't realize how much this will affect the other students in Martin County. Money that was already tight will now have to be sent prop a state supported private school. The ECU links are smoke and mirrors as well. ECU will not be teaching classes, etc. They have their own budget problems to deal with, much less dealing with podunk Bear Grass. Every kid will suffer because of this, that is, except for the "fortunate" few who go to the Charter School. I personally wish that every special ed kid in the county applies to go. Let's see what they do with special kids who's skin color is different from the average BG student?
  • by Western MC Resident on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    In all honesty, there are not that many students in the Martin County School system, in comparison to other surrounding counties. Instead of shutting down two schools, they should have shut down three and sent all students to one highschool. Some may say that there is not a school in MC that will hold all of the HS students, but Roanoke HS used to be a 4A school. Sounds to me like someone should have done some rethinking when they started this whole ordeal. Pitt County has 4A schools that hold more students than Martin County has all together. People need to start compromising instead a moaning and groaning over something that really doesn't amount to a hill of beans. So what? Your kid now goes to a school that has a few more African Americans or little less 1-1 teacher time. It is called high school for a reason. You no longer need to be "babied" and no one needs to hold your hand for you to get something done. Time to grow up and learn that things are not always going to go your way!
  • by poop Location: poop on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
  • by My Two Cents Location: Martin County on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    Charter schools are indeed public schools but they are completely different & do not offer full services for "free." Be careful what you ask for. Personally, for a county like Martin, I do not feel it is a wise decision. Resources are limited & and you can only spread a dollar so far. As for those that believe race is not a factor. That is true for some. However, why do I hear teachers and students (formerly from Jamesville and BG) talk openly about people who do not look like them? They are afraid for their own kids, they cannot understand why one has "black friends" - this is true. They know who they are & you do too. For those whose choose to go to the charter if it is approved, I hope it is for the right reasons and I hope those kids are happy giving up the full school experience with clubs, diversity and athletics. If approved, I also agree that our community should sponsor a significant # of slots for students residing at or below the poverty level and with no or limited support at home and that the school is staffed with teachers who genuinely want to teach- that is a charter school I will support and this community desperately needs.
  • by To School Yourself on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:23 PM
    Yes I read the paper and with all leases the Utilities, water bill ect is paid by the town of Bear Grass but all repairs are paid for by the owner not the renter!
  • by School Yourself Location: MC on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    Read the paper sometime.....they leased that building for $1 on the condition that all upkeep/expenses be paid by the town of BG. Soooooooooooooooooo the taxpayers actually made a dollar in the deal.
  • by Anthony Location: Williamston Bailey RD, 27892 on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    Hey my name is anthony i wanted to know is a charter school do u pay or is it for students that make good grades only or is it like a regular school.
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Hey be smart with this. Put the Charter School on the Farm Life side of Bear Grass. Try to find a central location so that it can accomidate Jamesville and Bear Grass kids. Bear Grass kids mostly go to the old Roanoke High School. The kids from Jamesville are going to Williamston. I hope this can happen for the people of Martin County. It is a good thing and I hope that all of those who want to participate can.

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