DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) A community is taking a stand to save their school. In the past we’ve told you how this school year will be the last for the Union-Dugger high school. Tuesday night, the state of Indiana sent representatives to listen to their pleas.
The parents of Dugger students have spent most of the year putting together a plan to turn the school into a charter school. Tuesday night was so important to their cause because it gave the community a chance to press their case to stay open.
“This is a public hearing for people from the community to come in and tell the (Indiana) Charter School board what they want in a school, why they think this school is important,” Tom Peeler the unofficial superintendent of Dugger Charter Schools said.
As members of the community spoke, the board listened. Taking down notes that were more of a story; tales of a community told through one building. Stories of scholastic success and a community bond that runs deep with emotion. Stories they hope convince the board to grant Union Dugger a charter
“The Indiana Charter School board will meet on May 1st,” Peeler said. “I will speak at that meeting and then they will vote on each of the four schools petitioning for a charter.”