New Hanover, Pender schools want control of calendar returned

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By Miranda Roberts
Miranda.Roberts@StarNewsOnline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Two local school systems are lobbying state lawmakers to return the control of local school calendars to local boards of education – a movement backed by the NC School Boards Association and strongly opposed by the coastal tourism industry, which suffered when school systems began cutting summer short a decade ago.

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In 2004, the General Assembly set limits on school start and end dates. Under current law, calendars begin on the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and end on the Friday nearest June 11.

The Pender County school board has placed the issue on its 2015 legislative agenda, which states that the restrictiveness of the school calendar does not allow for schedule adjustments to best serve students and the community.

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