Bill would also have to be introduced in Senate

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:51 PM.

The school board voted last November to request a waiver from the state-imposed calendar requirement that traditional schools begin no earlier than Aug. 25 and dismiss no later than June 10.

“We want to consolidate our year-round, Early College and traditional school year calendars and use just one,” said Linda Thomas, Craven school board vice chairman. “The Early College calendar is sort of a compromise and really the best of all worlds. It is a modified calendar that works in conjunction and corresponds to community college and traditional college schedules. We feel like at the present time it is best to get the whole county on one calendar.”

Thomas also said that when the year-round calendar was implemented years ago, “it was to accommodate remediation and enrichment and we no longer have the funding to support that, so it’s not working for us now, and families have to deal with as many as three different schedules.”

“Unless you have a waiver, you have to go under the state calendar,” she said.

There already is precedent for calendar waivers: Many mountain school systems get them because of weather.

“There will be others who tag onto this bill,” Speciale said. “There are already 16 sponsors and there will be others.”

But he said the school board “should have their dancing shoes on because they’ll have to answer some questions. I was getting emails before I knew what was going on.”

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