DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) We told you about the community of Dugger losing their bid for a charter school. Friday, the community regrouped to support one another and look for another option to keep a school in their town.
The preparations, the food, and the games were all part of a planned celebration for the town of Dugger. Friday was supposed to be the day the town was granted a charter for their school by the state of Indiana.
“Yesterday we had a meeting with the Indiana Charter School Board,” Kyle Foli of the Dugger School Board said. “We went through the application; their advisory staff had given them a recommendation to decline our application.”
An event that turned Friday’s party into a more somber event for students, alumni and parents of the Union Dugger schools; devastated, but not defeated.
“Since we are not giving up we went ahead and decided to have it to cheer everybody up and we’re moving forward with other options,” Dugger parent Gina Lovelace said.
Gina and the rest of the parents were there gathering ideas and prayers; and using the informal get-together to rally support for their cause.
“I still have a son in high school and we are planning to fight it and we do have some other options, but we’ll fight it as much as we can go to get a school back here in the fall,” Lovelace said. “We have to have a school here in the fall.”
It’s not the parents’ hope that’s keeping the idea of a school afloat. The Dugger Community School Board is looking at the future as well.
“Right now we are gonna regroup and figure out what our next step is gonna be,” Foli said.
“We do have other alternatives. Things that I cant really divulge at this time. But we are still gonna pull together.”