If modified schedule plan fails, schools to move to traditional calendar

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 09:14 AM.

This school year will likely be the last for the year-round calendar in three Havelock schools as the Craven County system makes a push for a modified calendar.

School officials say if the bid for a modified calendar fails to get through the General Assembly, all Craven County schools except for the two early colleges would move to the traditional calendar.

Currently, Arthur W. Edwards Elementary, Havelock Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle schools — all in Havelock — operate on the year-round calendar in which classes start in July and continue through June with nine-week grading periods interrupted by three-week breaks.

In the traditional calendar — mandated by state law — classes start no earlier than Aug. 25 and continue until June 10 with the only long breaks being for the Christmas and Easter holidays.

Craven County school officials want a modified calendar for all schools. That calendar would mirror roughly the calendar of colleges in which classes start in early August, with the first semester ending before the Christmas holiday. Classes would end for the year in late May.

A modified calendar would require the General Assembly to approve a waiver of state law. School officials sought such approval this spring for the current school year, but the measure failed.

Linda Thomas, vice chair of the Craven County Board of Education, said in a statement that if such a measure failed this spring, all schools would go to the traditional calendar.

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