Moore schools tee off early to close out before 2014 US Open

Posted August 19, 2013

— 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.

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"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.


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  • bgibson3 Aug 21, 2013

    Once you open it up to one type of event, where does it stop? Does Swansboro use school buses for the Mullet Festival, Wilmington for the Azalea Festival? Do county commissioners or local school boards make the decisions on who gets to use the buses? If some taxpayers find using school buses during Gay Pride Events offensive, do you use them or not? Are religious groups banned from using school buses for their events (Baptist, Presbyterian or Muslim)?

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Aug 20, 2013

    Should be legal to use school buses for events such as these.
    They do belong to the tax-payer..not the school administrators!!...

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  • bgibson3 Aug 20, 2013

    Is it legal to use school buses to shuttle adults for non-school purposes? I see that you can use them for pupils to educational events, and even for senior citizens under special arrangements.

  • baldchip Aug 19, 2013

    Yes Obamacare!!

    Women play professional golf as well as men!! What century have you been living in lately?? These 2 golf tournaments will bring millions to the NC economy next year!!

    Some dummie will complain about the traffic issues they cause!!

  • robertgiles1950 Aug 19, 2013

    wasn't a NC County School official just recently disciplined for non school uses of school bus....and you are now saying Moore County is going to use buses and school property for non school purposes and that it is OK because it is for golf fans. Doesn't seem fair that one school official is disciplined for playing Robin Hood with a school asset....but Moore County is all right because its all on the table playing Robin Hood for their school system all the while the US Open profit too. I agree GOLF is Sacred

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 19, 2013

    There's a U.S. Women's Open?

  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 19, 2013

    The Moore County School Board was smart to make this decision, and even smarter to make this decision after the General Assembly left town. Otherwise, Skippy Stam would have created a bill to take over the decision process and spend hundreds of thousands to give himself credit for know what is best for the residents and students of Moore County.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 19, 2013

    "The students will still get in their required days. Prudent planning, IMO."

    Plus the locals who desire to escape the insanity can do so now.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 19, 2013

    I agree with that as well, to a point. It's one thing to teach sex ed differently in different areas (telling what a condom is vs. breaking out a cucumber and showing how to put it on), but changing facts is clearly going too far.

    Although I don't know what schools may teach as far as intelligent design, I have no problem with saying some people believe God created a universe that can evolve. Happens to be what I believe, but its also a good way to not directly conflict with what parents may be teaching their children.