School board chooses makeup days

pseligson@newsobserver.comFebruary 17, 2014 

While students were out of school last Tuesday, the Johnston County Board of Education met early and for a shorter session because of the snow.

Before last week’s snowstorm, students had already missed three days of school: Jan. 29, 30 and 31. Students at Early College and Middle College had missed an extra day, Jan. 28. With last week’s snowstorm, students also missed Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Superintendent Ed Croom said parents have told him they want to keep spring break intact. His staff left that as the last option in recommending makeup days to the school board.

The board added some days to the end of the year but without affecting graduation. Some schools had already scheduled events before the snow days, and Croom said he would work with schools that now have scheduling conflicts.

Each of the school system’s three calendars has different makeup days. The three calendars are traditional, year-round and Early/Middle College.

At its meeting last week, the school board settled on makeup days figuring students would be out of school through Thursday. But students stayed home Friday too, so the school board will have to decide that makeup day at its next meeting. This could include adding time to some school days, going to school on a Saturday or cutting more into spring break.

Here are the current makeup days by calendar:

Traditional calendar schools: Feb. 17, March 28, April 21 (the last Monday of spring break) June 12 and June 13. March 13 and June 11 were early-release days but are now full days.

Year-round schools: Feb. 17, March 17, March 18 (an intersession day), June 12 and June 13. March 13 and June 11 were early-release days but are now full days.

Early/Middle College: March 3, March 4, March 5 (spring break), April 16, April 17 and May 23. The county’s Early College and Middle School meet on the campus of Johnston Community College. As of now, JCC still has spring break during that week of March, but students will have to attend their high school classes. Feb. 17 and May 22 were early-release days but are now full days.

Johnston County Board of Education has chosen the site for a new middle school in the North Johnston attendance area.

At its meeting last week, the board agreed to buy about 32 acres off of Oil Company Road in Micro. The county will pay Leland Eugene Batten Jr. about $377,000 for the land.

The school board started the purchase process in January but had to wait on geotechnical testing before finalizing the deal.

The new land is the first of a number of upcoming purchases. Last November, Johnston voters agreed to borrow $57 million for the county’s public schools and $7 million for Johnston Community College.

The public schools will use most of the money to build two middle schools, convert a middle school to an elementary school and build out an elementary school.

Seligson: 919-836-5768

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