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Pender Co. schools will play by the rules, hold students back if needed

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Notes taken in a recent school meeting in Pender County seem to indicate students at Topsail Middle School will move onto the next grade, regardless if they are ready.

The memo, dated April 24, said no one will be held back this year because the school had nothing more to offer them.

Pender County schools spokesperson Joyce Keith insists, however, the county will follow its policy which allows for principals to hold back students who aren't ready to advance to the next grade level.

Keith said the notes from the school meeting were only a snapshot of the overall discussion and student assessments are not yet complete.

It is still unclear why Topsail Middle noted there was nothing more to offer the students. The principal at that school will not discuss the situation.

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