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New management eliminates 7th grade at NC charter school

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) - With school starting in just a matter of weeks, some students that previously attended Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy in Windsor will have to enroll elsewhere.

"My question is if this is legal," said Dr. Kashi Bazemore, director of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy.

For the upcoming school year, the charter school will be under the leadership of Global Education Resources operating as Three Rivers Academy.

"From my understanding, the state board of education moved to close it. That's as much information as we have received," said Karen Dameron, interim executive director of Human Resources of Bertie County.

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That closing means changes for students and parents.

"If you're assuming a charter, presumptively we should see this school offers the same grades that our school offered," Bazemore said. "It is very disappointing. Our parents are very upset about the fact that they have changed the make-up for the charter school for Three Rivers Academy. It will be K-6."

That change eliminated all of the school's rising seventh-graders.

Bazemore says parents are disappointed, frustrated and upset.

So, she called a meeting Monday, only to have to cancel it.

"We wanted to finally respond to the many questions that parents had about their options for schooling," said Bazemore.

That meeting will now be Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Cashie Convention Center in Windsor.

It will serve as an open house for Three Rivers Academy.


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