Pinehurst, N.C. — Public school students in Moore County got a jump on other North Carolina students, starting class on Monday instead of the Aug. 26 start for most other school districts.
Moore County Schools planned the early start to the 2013-14 school year so students could finish classes before the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open golf tournaments in Pinehurst next June.
Local officials plan to use schools as off-site parking and school buses as shuttles to move the crowds expected at the back-to-back events to and from Pinehurst Resort.
Superintendent Aaron Spence said the school district has been planning for the early start for more than a year, so there were few problems Monday morning.
"We were pretty proactive in communicating that we were going to start early, so our teachers knew (and) our parents knew," Spence said. "The kids are really actually ready to come back to school, so we're pretty excited."
If inclement weather forces Moore County schools to miss any time this winter, he said, those days will have to be made up during the school year because they cannot be tacked on at the end.
The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 12-15, and the U.S. Women's Open is set for June 19-22. Both tournaments will be held at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course.