A group of 50 students, parents and educators representing Pamlico County High School filled the small, cramped meeting room of the State Board of Education this week to make sure board members know what they think about the possible expansion of a local charter school.
The entourage from eastern North Carolina wore “Save Pamlico County High School” stickers and made it clear they want the board to prevent Arapahoe Charter School from expanding through the 12th grade.
Arapahoe, a kindergarten through ninth grade campus, already accounts for roughly 18 percent of the student population in Pamlico County, a small community that has four public schools – two elementaries, a middle and a high school.
“We’re passionate,” said Superintendent Wanda Dawson. “I just want the best for my students. That’s all…. I feel that one high school in Pamlico County can provide outstanding opportunities for all students in Pamlico, and that’s what we’re advocating for.” Read more