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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.
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.
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.
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