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School delay due to voting

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Is school more important than an election? That's the issue in one local school district. Some parents in Pender County are upset the county is delaying the start of school on election day. Since many parents vote in the morning before work, the school board says there would be traffic and safety concerns if school was in session during early morning hours. But parents say education should be the priority. The recent growth of Pender County, especially in Hampstead, has created a need for additional polling locations. There are 20 this year - three of which are schools. In order to accommodate voters, the Pender County School Board decided to delay the opening of all schools by two hours. And many parents we spoke with aren't happy. "I think it's wrong. a school's a school. why take education away from children just to have a poll, an election? that's wrong," says grandparent Laura Gilchrist. Pender County Board of Elections Director Dennis Boyles expects a strong turnout on election day, due to several hot-button issues on Pender County's ballot, like Hampstead's Incorporation and a proposed land transfer tax. A big turnout could mean congestion at the three schools, especially early in the morning. That's one reason schools will open two hours later. "Hopefully, by the time the parents get there with the students, the people heading to work have already been in and voted and on their way to work," said Boyles. But there's another reason for the delayed opening -- safety. School administrators don't want students in the building while adults enter and leave without checking in at the office first. "The normal procedure when someone is on campus is that they have to come in through the front doors and sign in. that procedure can't happen on election day," said Joyce Keith with Pender County Schools. In order to avoid confusion, the School Board decided the two-hour delay should apply to all schools, not just the polling locations. The school board says next year, election day will be a day off for students and a teacher work day.

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so use your Ballot to correct the issue

If this is such a big issue; then use your ballot and vote the incumbents, standing for re-election, out of office. That's both the School Board members and the County Commissioners. There was a whole lot of griping a few months ago over the contract buy-out of the former School Board head. Use Your Vote; replace the members who are not performing effectively or meeting voter expectations. But one must wonder, how many of those who have posted comments against the school delay will actually vote and show the strength of their convictions? Polls are open until 7 or so in the evening. But then, another question which has not been raised. What happens if you show up to vote after the students are in class? Will the school administrators deny the right to access the polling place in pursuit of student safety? There's a question no one has asked. And if they do that, watch the election results get challenged.

Election day should be a day

Election day should be a day off for the schools so that parents and school staff can take their children to the polls and show them the process of voting. Think of it as a Take Your Child to Vote Day.

School delay due to voting

Our children go to school more than enough during the school year,two hours isn't going to hurt them.Have you ever checked your child out of school early, just because? If you think our school board isn't doing their job then put your name on the ballot and make a change instead of complaining.Complaining is something anyone can do.Besides this is only for this year,next year it will be a teachers workday.Commend your school board for putting your childs safety before their education.

What is a parent to do?

Any more there are so many inconvienent issues with school. It's as though parents don't work. This voting issue not only causes problems for the delay in school starting but has also shut down the after-school programs housed within the schools. Which means one of two things, you take an entire day off from work or you show up late and have to get off early because your kids can't stay for after-school. THEY NEED TO FIND SOME BIG SPONSOR TO PURCHASE AND DONATE LAND TO THE BRIGADE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN ROCKY POINT. THAT WAY THEY CAN REMAIN OPEN WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT, ON HALF DAYS AND WHEN SOMETHING SUCH AS THIS VOTING ISSUE ARISES. ALL THESE CORPORATE SPONSORS DONATE TO THE ONE IN NEW HANOVER. BUT I GUESS THESE BIG SPONSORS FORGET SOME OF THEIR EMPLOYEES RESIDE IN PENDER COUNTY.

the first thing should be safety

I am a parent of two kids at two different school in that area. And it is a nightmare getting them to school. Sure you say will let them ride the bus. Well that would be great if the bus didn't come at 6:30 in morning and school doesn't take in until 7:30 and 8:15. I think it should be a day off from school.It isn't safe. To many people in the school. and once again look at Hampstead. You could vote in a open field. that is the only thing big enough in Hampstead. But we don't need anything built there. Also, FOR all you RENTERS out there like me. VOTE. there is a lot of talk from HOME OWNERS that say we shouldn't vote because we aren't invested. Your rent will go up. If they vote for incorp. and where do you think that the retirees are going to pass that increase on to??? Think about it........ SCHOOL SHOULD BE CLOSED THAT DAY....

vote problem

Since the Democrat party adgenda has undertaken the task of returning the right to vote to the vilest of criminals that are in our midst, what are we to think? Is it the intention that sometime in the future we are asked to go to polls were sex offenders are lurking? Are we to expect sex offenders to be able to go to a school and vote? Isn't that the last place for them to be? I know!!! Lets hold voting in playgrounds!!! Sounds silly? Well, so do our local democrat leaders!

PENDER COUNTY SCHOOL DELAYS

THE PENDER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WAS CONTACTED MANY TIMES FROM THE PENDER COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOLS BEING USED AS VOTING POLLS. NO ANSWER FROM SCHOOL BOARD AND IF THE PARENTS WILL LOOK AT THE SCHOOL CALANDER THE SCHOOL BOARD COULD HAVE MADE THAT DAY A TEACHER'S WORKDAY. THAT'S PENDER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FOR YOU. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TRIED FOR OVER 6 MONTHS TO GET A MEETING WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD.

school closing

Are there no other places in the county to host the elections? Fire stations, community buildings, churches, etc.

Exactly, why not use those.

Exactly, why not use those. Our kids now have a 2 hr delay and 2 hr early release in the same week. Just to show you politics is more important than our children's education.