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MaST Funding, Carteret County Schools, NC Legislature Public Discussion

This page is dedicated for public discussion on Carteret County Public Schools Marine Science, & Technology (MaST) funding and what you want to tell NC Legislators about this issue. Please subscribe to and leave comments at the bottom of this article.

In this article, we will provide information on the MaST funding issue and update it daily as new information is learned. Please consider sharing this article on social media like Facebook and Twitter so that others can join the discussion and learn more.

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August 20, 2020 – A group of local parents hired a Raleigh, NC attorney to act on the behalf of students that were eligible and applied to be a part of the freshmen class for the 2020 / 2021 school year. Earlier in the year the board of education stated that they will continue to allow the school to be open for classes higher than the freshmen level. Their reasoning for this appears to be related to recurring funding from the state. The state did make available a $200,000 grant to the school but it was not recurring.

Update 7/20/2020 – Cory Johnson, formerly of Fort Mill High School, was announced as the principal after the resignation of Deanne Rosen.

Update 7/6/2020 – Deeanne Rosen resigned as principal.

Update 6/2/2020 – Local school board members voted not to enroll a new freshmen class citing funding concerns. The only board member to oppose this motion was Melissa Ehlers. This vote will be for the 2020 / 2021 school year. Aside from not enrolling a new freshman class, the board of education will continue with students who are already enrolled and attending the MaST school.

Update 7/29/2019: The Carteret County Board of Education has reached a decision to keep this high school open for the next school year.

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Update 7/24/2019: Attorney Stacey Gahagan served Neil Whitford (attorney for the Carteret County School Board) with a legal document outlining a preliminary injunction sought via the Superior Courts alleging that the school board did not follow due process in the closure of the MaST early college high school.

Update 6/20/2019: The Carteret County School Board voted 4-3 to close this school citing uncertainty with the NC State budget and a need to fund new teacher hiring.

The MaST Early College High School is a part of the Carteret County Public Schools in cooperation with Carteret County Community College and functions to serve students in the county who want to apply and be a part of the school where they will earn both college credit and a high school diploma upon graduating.

Principal Dee Rosen recently gave public comments and informed the community that in 2017-18, early college high schools served more than 25,000 students in the State of North Carolina.

Many in the community including students, teachers, and parents publicly praise the school for it’s unique teaching methods that culminate in success at the collegiate level of education.

Two years ago, local school officials applied and were approved by the N.C. General Assembly for state funding via the Cooperative Innovative High School program.

But recently, school officials have learn that the N.C. Legislature might not be funding this innovative high school per a N.C. House budget legislation that does not provide funding for MaST innovative high schools. It is important to point out that the N.C. Senate version of the budget does provide funding.

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However, local school officials, students, parents, and other interested parties are wasting no time in their own collaboration to talk with N.C. legislators about the significance of innovative schools like MaST and it’s success in developing and preparing students for college and beyond.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, over 200 students, parents, teachers, and other parties met at the Carteret County School Central Office and asked the school board to continue to fight for funding of MaST in the county.

In our discussions with several people involved in this meeting, our staff has learned that school board members and other officials in the county are interested in funding this innovative high school if state funding is lost and will be exploring all avenues to seek funding for this program.

We will continue to monitor this issue with Carteret County Commissioners, school board members, and other parties as they continue to follow this issue and we will add new information as we discover it.

If you are a school official, commissioner, or school board member and want to OFFICIALLY comment on this article using the form below, please contact us so that we can officially verify you and your position so that readers understand your status as a verified person.

Otherwise, we strongly encourage students, teachers, parents, and other interested parties at Carteret Community College who are interested in MaST funding locally to use the form below to provide our readers of more insight to this issue.

To contact your local and other state legislators about this important issue, please follow this link.

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

4 thoughts on “MaST Funding, Carteret County Schools, NC Legislature Public Discussion

  • July 13, 2019 at 8:51 am

    There is still a considerable effort being led by county citizens to find funding for this program. Our local students deserve every chance at a higher education and a program that could work for them outside of a traditional classroom and teaching techniques.

  • June 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I just saw that the school board voted to close this school and am shocked!

  • June 16, 2019 at 10:47 am

    As both a parent and someone who is a supporter of public education efforts both locally and around the state, I appreciate this article and it being established for people to have ongoing discussions on this issue.

  • June 12, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I just saw this article on Facebook and wanted to thank for for writing it, and specifically for writing an article that is solely about discussions. I want to thank Superintendent Mat Bottoms and the Carteret County School Board for hearing students, teachers, parents, and other lasts Tuesday and to also thank them for their efforts to find other funding if state funds are not apart of the state budget for 2019-2020.

    I am not sure why we have to even have this discussion given that education of our students is of utmost important for the future of this state. When school officials like Mat Bottoms and others want to try new and innovative ways to reach students and prepare them for college and the university setting, then money should not even be an issue. Legislators should not even have the gall to suggest that MaST not be funded.

    This high school’s first year graduated 50 students, all who say that this program helped stir their success. What legislator in NC can turn their back on that? I understand that budgets are a part of life and that denying funds is sometimes a necessary evil. I am not suggesting that any legislator is not committed to education or the Math, Science and Technology innovative schools.

    However, to develop language in legislation that simply does not fund without getting out there and finding other potential ways to get money for this program is inexcusable.

    Please contact Senator Norman Sanderson (919-733-5706) and Representative Pat McElraft (919-733-6275) and let them know we are watching this issue closely.


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