Bill would also have to be introduced in Senate

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

Even if the bill passes in the House, a similar bill would have to be introduced and passed in the Senate. Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico, said he may introduce a school calendar waiver bill in the Senate, but only if he thinks it will pass.

“That was a very contentious issue when they put it in initially, from what I understand, and there is not a lot of excitement about having to go through that again,” Sanderson said of the school calendar issue.

“If we do go in that direction, I don’t think the bill will be as open ended as the House bill,” Sanderson said. “It will only ask for a waiver to do the Early College dates and get exams before Christmas.”

Speciale said one problem that could arise from a change is that “teachers going for year-round will end up going a month without a paycheck under the proposed schedule. I think they are going to discuss that at the next board meeting.”

The Craven Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for its work session, and Thomas said discussion is expected on the waiver and any related problems it could generate.

She said the system’s assistant superintendent for finance “is working on that for us to come up with a solution in the best interest of our year-round teachers.”

Craven County Schools operated under a calendar similar to the one now proposed for 2013-14 until the General Assembly passed legislation in 2004 to take school calendar choices away from local boards. The decision followed a “Save Our Summers” campaign by parents’ groups and the state’s travel and tourism industry. 

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