Pender superintendent says make-up day decision a tough one

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Submitted: Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:03pm
Updated: Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:13pm

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some answers today about why Pender County Schools will make-up some snow days during Spring Break, while other school districts have avoided cutting into that vacation time.

Superintendent Terri Cobb says the school board looked at several different options but decided to make up days instead of hours. She says it is a difficult task trying to find a solution that works for all families.

“They looked at everything from just everything from athletics to after school tutoring to jobs for students, instructional schedule, increasing hours for hourly staff,” Cobb said. “I really don’t believe the decision was made around one single factor.”

Folks we spoke with were concerned about vacation plans.

Cobb says the district encourages parents to work with the schools, because they do have an attendance policy.


  • CL says:

    Calendar Requirements: 185 days OR 1,025 instructional hours

    Students at STES are scheduled for 179 full days and 6 early release days for 2013-2014 school year. School starts at 7:25 am and is dismissed at 2:25pm. Early release days are from 7:25 to 11:15am. Do the math. There is NO reason for students to make up for the 5 days they missed for bad weather. NO REASON.

  • CB says:

    They keyword in that law is instructional hours. This does not include time for lunch (required) or time required for physical activity. I agree time could easily have been made up, however it is not as simple of a math problem as you propose. You also must take into account the unscheduled delays and early dismissals as well.

  • angela Schmitz says:

    Please be careful with words. The actual “educators” did not get a choice in this.

  • Guest2020 says:

    “Cobb says the district encourages parents to work with the schools, because they do have an attendance policy.”

    This is the mentality of our educators. They expect the parents to work with them, when they are unwilling to work with the parents. Every other school in the area was able to make up the snow days without cutting into spring break. Why did Pender County refuse to do so?

  • Terrie Wallace says:

    I understand schools have attendance policy’s. Apparently, our school board is ignorant to the fact that families make plans according to the calendar that is approved by the board each year! It seems that surrounding counties can figure out such a simple problem! Now the county has to run the buses 2 additional days. Hum wonder what that will cost? Seems the additional minutes a day would be feasible. All I hear are excuses for the boards ignorance. It doesn’t take a masters or doctorate degree to figure it out! I think we need someone on the board with some common sense!

  • Guest2020 says:

    Because the state requires it. The state can sit there and add more required school days, but it does no good if the quality of the time is not improved. We got by on 180 days and came out with a better education than today’s children. It is unbelievable to me how much time is wasted when there are no makeup days.

  • Sherri says:

    My son went to the makeup day last Saturday. It was an early release day and they let him watch movies and play on his Ipod. There was no educational instruction going on. Why even bother to have a makeup day???

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