Dugger parents start planning next step for charter

DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) – Dugger parents are angry with the Indiana Charter School Board after they denied the Dugger Community School Corporation from have a charter school.

A lot are still in shock even on Friday. Emotions range from sad, disappointment to angry.

Since the announcement that Union-Dugger High School will close, the community has fought to keep it open. They’ve worked to become a charter school, but on Thursday the Charter School Board voted four to one to deny Dugger a charter.

As of right now, the high school students will have to go elsewhere next school year.

“They were just devastated. I mean everyone was just devastated,” said Gina Lovelace, Dugger parent.

The vote on Thursday brought a shock on to people considering they thought for sure they were going to get this school.

“We were so sure that we had this that, we though they did tremendous work on getting it together and we had such a short time span. And we were ready to do what ever it took!” Lovelace stated.

Lovelace told News 10’s Brittany Earl she and other parents were not going to give up.

“We are going to have another meeting and naturally the good leaders we have, we have other options and we are searching all those options and we’ll still keep fighting here to have a school in the fall.”

Lovelace stated they already have a plan in place. She and other parents are going to meet and talk about their options and what route they can take. Now, they do plan at looking at re-applying for the charter school on September 15 as Tom Peeler stated they were approved to do.

But, that means they wouldn’t receive the charter school, if approved, until 2015 and that’s not exactly what they want.

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