Morehead City charter school promises not to close doors - WNCT

Morehead City charter school promises not to close doors

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

A school that's struggled over the years to meet state standards is promising not to close its doors.

The Coastal Academy for Technology and Science in Carteret County is converting itself from a charter school to a private school this summer.
 
There are about 60 students at Coastal Academy in grades 9 through 12. Starting in August, the school will change its name to "The Opportunity School at Coastal Academy for Technology and Science" and serve grades sixth through 12.
 
It's is all happening following the North Carolina Board of Education's decision Thursday not to renew the school's charter. That means they'll lose state funding and can no longer operate as a charter school starting June 30.

The school plans to charge a $7,500 yearly tuition and offer scholarships for low-income students.

Historically, the school has struggled with financial sustainability and low academic performance. Last year, the graduation rate was 48 percent, among the lowest in the state.

But the principal says all that's in the past. He's hoping for a brighter future.
 
"Their decision has been to move forward in what they believe is the best interest of the students, as opposed to get involved in litigation and legal battles," said A.L. Fleming, principal of Coastal Academy for Technology and Science. "They thought the best way to serve those students is to continue to provide educational opportunities."
 
Fleming says he's disappointed in the state's decision on Thursday. But he says 95 percent of their staff is new this year and he's hoping that plays a big part in getting the school back on track to meeting and even exceeding state standards.

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