School district plan has some parents upset

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

“Any parent who wants year-round school for their kids can get it if they don’t fill up,” he said. “We can still take applications.”

Certain criteria have been established on which to make the decision on the appeals that Reaves said already number about 1,300 from about 2,000 reassignments.

There is no list of criteria, he said.

“It is whatever is defined as an extreme hardship,” Reaves said. “It may be a medical condition that one school is better equipped to handle. It may be extreme circumstances related to childcare. Parents write a letter and state the reason they are requesting the appeal to be granted.”

Reaves said he and two administrative staffers are going through appeals filed so far, and Superintendent Lane Mills will make the final decision on appeals.

Craven County has 14,882 students in 25 schools, 15 elementary, five middle and five high schools including early college high schools, and all are affected by the tightened district policy that Reaves will most likely take more than one year to reconcile.

Reaves said the school system hoped to bring district student population back to center in a couple of years.

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