Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools adopted a resolution at its Thursday board meeting to voice the members' desire to allow individual school districts to control calendars.
Public schools in North Carolina have been trying to restore their calendar flexibility. In 2004, the General Assembly adopted a bill to control the school calendars, applying a one-size-fits-all mandate. Under this bill, a school's start date may be no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and end date no later than the Friday closest to June 11.
This measure was adopted in response to the state's tourism industry, which wanted school vacation dates to be fixed.
“It was driven by the tourism industry, especially down in Eastern North Carolina,” Jeff Nash, spokesperson for CHCCS, said. “It causes a lot of heartache for school districts around the state that are impacted by this thing that started with good intentions for those at the coast perhaps.”
The resolution passed by CHCCS pushes for greater power for school districts to decide academic calendars, including start and end dates, teacher work days and make-up days. A problem the resolution identifies is the late-August start date because it means high schools will not complete the first semester until mid- to late-January.