Some of your questions could be answered at the public information meetings. They also could have been answered at the BOE meeting that no one attended.
Colleges are not going to change their schedules. This would cause a bigger mess.
Pender Early College and other Early College High Schools already have their calendars adjusted like this. It is working well for them. However, they are only allowed to accept a certain number of students. Add those in to the 250 some that are attempting to do this now at regular high schools and you will have close to 500 or more currently taking courses. There are roughly 2500 high school students in the county. This number will increase with the new schedule! From what I understand, New Hanover County was trying to do the same, but didn't get it approved in time.
The added cost right now is estimated to be $93,000 for all three busses to run. This number will probably fluctuate a little before settling down.
Teachers are not compensated now for child care. In case you didn't know, teachers already start back to school a week earlier than the students and end about 4-5 days later. When our kids are not in school, we usually are with work days.
Finally, new studies are being released that are showing that year round schools are not doing any better than traditional schools.
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