Potential state cutbacks could cost Pender County schools millions of dollars. School board members are facing some tough choices if cuts have to be made, possibly having to close the doors of one area school. Pender Success Academy is the county's alternative school, but it is on the list for potential cuts. Parents said closing the school should not be an option. Closing it would save about $900,000. But parents say you can't put a price on education. Kayla Murray's parents say in just two years, PSA has helped turn their daughter around. “Her grades have gotten a lot better since she has been there. She's doing extremely well. If they close the school she's either going have to go back to the high school, which she doesn't want to do. Or get home schooled in order to finish,” said parent Maxine Murray. Murray said many people have misconceptions about the alternative school. Many students who attend PSA have behavioral issues, and may be at risk of dropping out. But, some students, like Kayla, chose the school for its smaller class setting, and one-on-one attention from teachers. “It really helped me get through it. I'm about to graduate and I appreciate it. It's actually made me look at school work a whole lot different,” said student Brittany Henderson. If the school were to close, both students and staff would be absorbed back into traditional schools.
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