Legislators looking at Craven school calendar issue

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

Sanderson said last week that he still had some homework to do on the issue. He said he wanted to get feedback from parents before introducing a bill that would grant Craven the waiver to go to the modified calendar. He also said he wanted to get a feel from other legislators to see if such a measure would even pass the General Assembly.

N.C. District 3 Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, and N.C. District 12 Rep. George W. Graham, D-Lenoir, who both represent parts of Craven County, said they had not been contacted about the issue.

"I read about it, but I have not been approached or asked to do anything," said Graham, who was elected in November to fill the House seat held by the late Rep. William Wainwright. He has received mail from someone opposed to the change.

"I would sit down and talk with the school board," he said. "They are elected officials like us, with the protocol to manage the system — hire, fire, budget. I would not get out front of a board of education bus without having some direction from them."

Speciale is a retired Marine with connections in Havelock where three schools — Havelock Elementary, Arthur W. Edwards Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle — operate under the year-round calendar.

"I’ve gotten emails, letters and calls from parents," he said. "My position is that for me to support it, the Board of Education would have to prove to me in some way that the parents want it changed."

Speciale suggested talk of a local bill might be premature.

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