Small town’s residents push keeping schools open

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DUGGER, Ind. (AP) — Residents of a small southwestern Indiana town are hoping to keep its high school and elementary school open as charter schools starting this fall.

The school district that includes the town of Dugger is closing the schools in a cost-cutting move, but about 200 people turned out in a show of support during a state charter school board hearing.

Tom Peeler of the Union Dugger Community School group says it’s important to the 900-person town that the schools remain open. He tells the Tribune-Star he has intention-to-enroll forms for about 140 students for the K-12 school.

State board member Larry DeMoss tells the Greene County Daily World that the show of support was impressive. The board is expected to vote May 1 on whether to approve a Dugger charter school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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