A charter school in the east will have at least a little more time following a court order Wednesday.
Cape Lookout Marine Science High School in Morehead City was told by the State Board of Education in May that it would not be renewing its charter and would have to close at the end of this year. An appeal was made by the school--but wouldn't be heard until next year, well after the school would have to be shut down.
A judge ordered a stay--allowing the school to remain open until an appeal could be heard. It's a small victory the school principal hopes is on the road to a bigger one for families and faculty.
The attorney for the school expects the appeal to be heard in early February.
The State Board of Education originally ordered the closure because of the dropout rate. The school argues the numbers are going to be high because it helps at risk youth.