Legislators looking at Craven school calendar issue

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

The Craven County Board of Education wants the N.C. General Assembly to allow it to modify its 2013-14 school year calendar, but many parents waking up to the possible change already are contacting local legislators about it.

For their part, most of the area’s lawmakers say school system officials have not yet briefed them on the idea and want to gather more information about it.

In November, the Craven school board voted to seek a waiver from the start dates now required by state law. It is asking that a local bill to grant the waiver be introduced by N.C. Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, and that it be approved by March 15.

School Board Chairman Carr Ipock said the waiver would allow the county to start the 2013-14 academic year on Aug. 5 and end it on May 23, 2014, at all 25 Craven County public schools.

At present, Craven schools operate on one of three calendars. Most of the county’s schools use the traditional calendar, in which school starts no earlier than Aug. 25 and dismisses no later than June 10.

Meanwhile, Craven schools on a year-round calendar begin classes in mid-July and continue for nine weeks, with several three-week breaks and a five-week summer break. The county’s two Early College high schools operate on a calendar aligned with Craven Community College.

The school board would like to use the same start and end dates throughout the system, Ipock said. He cited several advantages, such as first semester exams and testing coming before Christmas break, which he said is shown to produce better test scores, and high school seniors graduating early, which would allow them to enroll in college in time for the spring semester.

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