New Hanover Co. year-round schools might have to go to traditional schedule

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Year-round schools in New Hanover County might be in for some changes. That’s if the state senate has its way. There are mandates on year-round schools embedded in its version of the budget.

They would essentially erase New Hanover County year-round schools from the board, at least as we know them.

Codington Elementary sent a letter to parents, like Cory Reiss, Thursday.

“Both in the near-term and the long-term it’d be a problem,” Reiss said.

It states that the state senate included in its budget a new definition for year-round schools that only allows for multi-track, when students’ schedules are staggered, and not single-track, when their schedules are together.

“New Hanover County only has single-track year-round schools,” said Dr. Rick Holliday, the deputy superintendent for New Hanover County Schools.

Holliday said that means several schools might have to change their schedules to traditional for this upcoming school year. Those schools include Codington, Eaton, Lake Forest and Sunset Park elementary schools, and Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

“It would certainly impact our ability to run those year-round schools,” Holliday said.

While Holliday said New Hanover County schools isn’t going to change anything just yet, both he and Reiss urged parents to call their lawmakers.

“We’re trying not to rush to judgement, we just want to make sure that people are aware of it,” Holliday said.

“It’s a decision that was made by local decision makers and it should stay there,” Reiss said. “Codington is a special place in part because of the way that it’s structured. It’s different from other schools and it’s something that we don’t want to see changed by legislation from the hip.”

WWAY made calls to Rep. Susi Hamilton and Sen. Michael Lee for comment. They have not called back yet.

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