Eastside Memorial High School senior John Rayner and some of the students sitting near him scoffed when Superintendent Meria Carstarphen took the stage at graduation, congratulating them on making it through a tough four years.
The state threatened to close the school midway through the Class of 2013’s final year, and some students and parents blamed Carstarphen. So, as she talked about all the obstacles the school had overcome, Rayner and some in the crowd were thinking that one of those obstacles was her.
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