Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School senior Ginger Hayden speaks in favor of keeping her school open Tuesday during the Carteret County Board of Education meeting in Beaufort. (Cheryl Burke photo)

BEAUFORT - The Carteret County Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday to close the Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School following the graduation of the Class of 2023.

Board member Katie Statler cast the lone vote opposing the closure of the school.

MaST students and parents spoke in support of keeping the school open during a public comment time prior to the board voting.

Editor's note: A complete story will be posted Wednesday regarding the board's action.

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Vernon Hill

It’s time to vote them all out of office. They spend millions, waste much more, but failed to help parents with their kids education. They lie to get elected, but once sworn in to office, they no longer care about education as egos override promises.

Just a thought

They are politically motivated, possibly beholden to unions, and short sighted. They obviously do not understand how learning works. They are robbing our students of opportunities. Vote them out!


How do unions factor into this issue? I'm searching around and can't find anything relevant, in genuinely curious.

Just a thought

Teacher Unions have fought against alternative learning for decades, with the goal of keeping all state and federal funding in the traditional system.


As Sad as this is to the public, again it is all going to be forgotten come election time. Sisters, Brothers, Husbands, Wives and Cousins will sit in those seats because of the letter located at the end of their name under party affiliation. Thank the County Commissioners for this one and Vote to Replace them as well. Lets make all elections non-partisan then we can have folks with character and proper judgement handling our community. [censored]


Another bunch of comments about so called "teacher's unions" with no validity. These teacher's organizations in North Carolina are not "unions" as you define them. North Carolina is a "right to work" state. 

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