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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — It’s back to the staggered schedule for Brunswick County students.

Less than a month after voting to return to a traditional schedule, school board members changed their minds once again today.

In a surprising turn of events during a special meeting about their budget today, the Brunswick County School Board voted 3-2 to rescind the change to a traditional schedule and 4-1 to go back to a staggered schedule and dismiss all students 15 minutes earlier.

“It won’t bother me a whole lot, but there’s a lot of parents that are going to be trying to figure out child care and everything else for their kids,” said Dave Peed, a parent at Leland Middle School.

The decision comes after board members realized they simply did not have the funding to support
a traditional schedule they approved May 14.

“I really did a lot of homework on it after the vote, and with the state funding, and the things that are being passed down from the state with the local leas there is just absolutely no way that we could fiscally fund it,” school board member Charlie Miller said.

Miller says even though he would still love to have a traditional schedule, the flip-flopping has to end.

“I’m tired of it,” Miller said. “We have jerked around enough. I take full responsibility for that, and you know I’m sorry, but I think this is the fiscally right thing to do. But if you want to blame anybody, you can blame me.”

And families hope the board has finally made up their minds for good.

“Just stay at one hour,” a grandmother of a Brunswick County student said. “Don’t keep changing.”

Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden says the the state suggested sticking with a schedule that keeps efficiency ratings up, and ultimately, he says, the state has the final say.

Less than a month after voting to return the district to a traditional, single bell schedule, the Brunswick County School Board today voted to go back to a staggered schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.

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