Bid for modified school calendar appears likely to fail

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 01:49 PM.

Craven school officials have also said one calendar among all schools would be better for system-wide training of teachers and administrators because all the county’s teachers would share the same work days.

The modified calendar would also have a one-week break in the fall and another one-week break in the spring, with classes ending for the year around May 23.

Ipock said Craven County Schools would not extend the Friday deadline for legislative action and instead revert back to the previously approved three-calendar system to include the traditional calendar, year-round calendar for Havelock and Arthur Edwards elementary schools and Tucker Creek Middle School, and the early-college calendar for schools in New Bern and Havelock.

"We wanted to have that deadline in order to get the information out to our families," Ipock said. "We know that in the next month or so that families would be planning for summer vacations, and we did not want to create any hardship with our families with the issue of the calendar."

However, Ipock said school officials have not given up on the idea of a modified calendar for Craven County.

"We’re going to talk to our legislators and hope to approve it for the following year, for 2014-15," he said. "It’s our fallback position."

A group called Save Our Summers spearheaded the effort to get the state to pass legislation mandating that schools start no earlier than Aug. 25 and conclude no later than June 10. Members of the group believed that earlier and earlier starts to the school year in August were hurting the economies of tourist destinations, such as those along the coast.

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