Most everyone agrees Bogota High School is at a crossroads.More and more parents are pulling their kids out. The school's offerings are so basic that some students are complaining about the quality of education. The mayor is demanding that the school be shut down. After a budget deficit threatened to wipe out the athletic program, the state is keeping a watchful eye on the school system.
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But amid the controversy and complaints, there are still those who won't give up. They believe the high school - among Bergen County's smallest - can be saved."This is a small borough and it is great enough to have a really dedicated group of parents," said Harry Collis, a real estate agent who specializes in Bogota and whose children attended Bogota High.Still, there's a lot to be worried about.Four years ago, nearly 70 percent of Bogota High seniors went on to pursue a bachelor's degree. By 2003, fewer than half went on to a four-year college - one of the lowest percentages in the county and one of the lowest in northern New Jer...