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Board of Education decides fate of 2 area charter schools

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The State Board of Education met Thursday to vote on enrollment waiver requests to two Southeastern North Carolina charter schools. The State Board of Education met Thursday to vote on enrollment waiver requests to two Southeastern North Carolina charter schools.
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The State Board of Education met Thursday to vote on enrollment waiver requests to two Southeastern North Carolina charter schools.

State law requires that charter schools have enrollments of at least 65, but Douglass Academy in Wilmington and Flemington Academy at Lake Waccamaw are falling short.

Douglas Academy leaders said marketing problems and securing a building for the school are to blame in part for the low enrollment.

The State Board of Education voted that Douglas Academy has until Aug. 1 to provide records showing they have 65 students enrolled.

Then, by Sept. 12 the school must prove at least 65 students are in attendance at the school. Furthermore, the students must be verified by the state by September 15.

The extension of time is contingent upon the Douglass Board of Directors agreeing to immediately surrender their Charter if they fail to meet any of the previous requirements.

Flemington Academy argued they need an enrollment waiver because many of the students in the school are in custody of social services. The board voted unanimously to grant Flemington Academy an enrollment waiver.

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