Sanderson looking into Craven school calendar issue

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

N.C. Sen. Norman Sanderson admitted he had some homework to do on the idea of a modified school calendar for Craven County Schools.

"We’re still in research mode," said Sanderson, the new Senate representative for Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties. "I’d like to hear some parental input. I’d like to find out how many other school systems are like Craven and have multiple school calendars. That’s one of the things we have to check out. We’ll do our research. We’ll do our homework."

The Craven County Board of Education is proposing a modified school calendar for 2013-14 in which classes would begin Aug. 5 and dismiss for the year on May 23. Because of state law that mandates when classes start and end, the board needs a local bill introduced and passed through the General Assembly to implement the new calendar.

Sanderson, since he represents the area, would be the legislator to introduce such a bill, but he said he has not decided whether to introduce legislation that would grant Craven County a waiver for the new calendar.

He pointed to a number of factors, including whether the General Assembly would even approve an exemption to the state law for Craven County Schools.

"We have to get a feel for it and see how the other representatives feel about it in the General Assembly," he said. "Everyone has to be on board with it. We have to see what the attitudes toward granting waivers are."

Craven County currently operates on three school calendars. Most of the schools in the county operate on the traditional calendar, in which school starts no earlier than Aug. 25 and dismisses no later than June 10.

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