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BEAUFORT — The Carteret County Board of Education voted Tuesday night not to enroll a new freshman class at the Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School  this fall due to funding concerns.

Under the motion, the school will continue with the students already enrolled for the 2020-21 school year and enroll more sophomores and juniors, as the school population has dropped below 100 students. 

The motion passed 6-1, with board member Melissa Ehlers opposed. 

The state has not provided funding yet for the coming school year. 

This is a developing report. 

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Of course the state has much more important ways to spend or should I say waste our money. After all, education is over rated right....just look around and see where the state wastes our tax money. It's a real shame for the young adults who want to better themselves. But that's over rated too I'm sure


They tried doing the same thing last year but instead of phasing it out like they are here, they tried to completely shut it down. Tons of parents and students protested this, and they kept it in place. I guess since Covid-19 has diverted our attention, they found it a good time to strike while nobody was looking. This got me real PO'd, I'm just now graduating 8th grade in Newport, and had been planning on this program for 3 years, I sent in an essay that took me 3 weeks of concentration to perfect, just for the officials to essentially throw it away. I plan on being a psychiatrist when I get my master's degree, and Mast would cut down the time to achieve this greatly. Or should I say it would have.

It's as if they're giving a big "F*ck You" right in our faces, and it shows how messed up the state is with their spending, just like you said.

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Unfortunately, they don't have the projected funding. We are retired in Carteret County and also own a vacation rental here. During the shutdown, we had to cancel over $15 in bookings. I'm not crying as we will survive but, the lost tax revenue, multiplied by hundreds and hundreds of other people/businesses who bring revenue to the county were not providing tax revenue due to restrictions. These dollars are simply lost. It is what it is.... Leaders chose to shut down over safety concerns balanced against revenue they knew would be lost; just a fiscal fact. Hopefully, someone will figure out how to mitigate this because a great program will now suffer.



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