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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