School board meets tonight to discuss calendar changes

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The Lee County Board of Education will meet tonight at Lee County High School for its monthly January meeting, as well as a special public hearing on the proposal to switch all middle and elementary schools to a year-round calendar.

The hearing will begin at 5:30 at McLeod Auditorium, and the regular meeting will commence afterward in the board's chambers in the Core Curricular Building.

Also on the meeting agenda is the first step for calendar changes for traditional high schools, with the district seeking to align its schedule with the schedule for Central Carolina Community College. The school board will vote on whether to ask local members of the General Assembly — Deb McManus, Mike Stone and Ronald Rabin — to introduce and support a bill giving Lee County Schools the flexibility required to make the changes.

Public schools are allowed to change the type of calendar they operate under without legislative permission, but to deviate from the specifics of a calendar established by state law, they must receive a waiver. According to state law for the 2013-14 school year, schools on traditional calendars must start on the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and must end no later than the Friday closest to June 11. If the waiver is approved, the start date can be no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 19. Waiver or no, all schools must be in for a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.

This year, CCCC's fall schedule was Aug. 17 to Dec. 14, while traditional high schools went from Aug. 27 to Dec. 20. Spring CCCC classes will last from Jan. 7 to May 6, and the high schools will be in from Jan. 2 to June 7.

Also on the agenda, but pending funding approval from the Lee County Board of Commissioners on Monday night, is a vote on whether to install enhanced electronic security measures at all 16 local schools.

The full agenda can be found online at www.lee.k12.nc.us/domain/37.