Dugger hoping to open new charter school

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DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) – Last year, Northeast School Corporation decided to close Union Dugger high school and elementary.

That’s due to budget problems and a decrease in enrollment. But now, many of those parents are joining forces and they want to start a charter school.

‘Dugger, a community, trying to save their education’ – this sign is the first thing you see when you drive into Dugger.

“I don’t think anyone wants to see their school close. I just hope that we can make a go of our community and do the best we can for our children,” said Jennifer Chambers Figg, parent.

The 900-person town of Dugger, upset about their schools closing, banded together to give their kids their school back, by starting a charter.

Jennifer has a son who would have graduated from the Union Dugger High School next year. Their family was devastated when they heard the news and are now wholeheartedly behind the next step.

“Trying to help get the charter school going, so my son can hopefully be the first class to attend the new charter school,” said Jennifer.

The new school board filed paperwork to start a charter school in this community. It’s called the Dugger Union Community School Corporation.

The new school corporation could take two paths.

“Either a charter school or re-districting the area, so it would be the local school district,” said Tom Peeler, superintendent and consultant.

At this special meeting, the board elected Peeler as their superintendent. He’s optimistic the community’s push is the right thing to do.

“One of them’s going to work. One way or the other, this is going to happen,” said Peeler.”This is a powerful group of individuals who have stepped forward and said these are our schools, these are our children, we want to take it back.”

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