"We're not supposed to be here so it's emotional for everybody and it's a miracle basically," said DUCSC Board President, Kyle Foli.
Last year, North East School Corporation voted to close the schools in Dugger. Since that December day, the community has come together to form its own school corporation. The year long roller coaster proved the bulldog mascot represents the fight in the community.
"I learned that you can never back a bulldog in a corner because they'll always fight back," said 5th grader, Gracee Rogers.
"Some people can get together then a community can rally behind them and get something like this done," Foli said.
The state denied the community a charter. Then Indiana Cyber Charter Schools stepped in to sponsor Dugger. The deal for this blended style of education came together just months before the first day of school.
"They have hundreds of courses to choose from and we work individually with the parent to make sure the parent understands what's available and what would be best for their child," said ICCS CEO, Don Williams.
Kristin Crabb is one of the adopted Bulldogs. As a graduate of nearby Linton High School, the third grade teacher is familiar with the determination of this small town.
"I've spoke with my fellow teachers and we're all going into this with a very good game plan but with an open mind that everything is flexible and we are ready to do whatever it takes to make this school succeed and the students successful members of the community," Crabb said.
At least 300 students began the school year at Dugger Monday. Enrollment is still available at the school's front office.
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