Wake school board approves early-dismissal Fridays

Posted May 18, 2010
Updated May 19, 2010

— The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday in favor of a plan to dismiss students early on Fridays so that schools can provide professional planning and development time for teachers.

The plan calls for students to be dismissed 2.5 hours earlier for eight days for year-round schools and six for traditional-calendar and modified-calendar schools.

It is subject to change if closings or late openings for weather cut into the required 1,000 hours and 180 days of instruction.

Schools currently dismiss an hour early every Wednesday – as well as several other times in the year 2.5 hours earlier – for the same purpose, but the school board in December voted 5-4 to end the practice.

Those voting against it said they supported the professional development time but wanted to find a better way to accommodate teachers without affecting family schedules.

Tuesday's vote was 6-2 with board members Keith Sutton and Kevin Hill voting against.

Hill, a former teacher and principal, said during the board's work session earlier Tuesday that having early-release days on Wednesdays would remove the imposition on teachers to stay late for planning work on a Friday because meetings can last past the end of the official school day.

The board also approved a number of other items on its agenda, including a 7-1 vote to undo a 2008 decision that would have ended the International Baccalaureate program at Broughton High School after the 2012-13 school year. The change will cost about $180,000 a year after spending had been planned to end.

Hill voted against the proposal, saying he felt it would effectively undermine magnet programs at other schools.

The board also voted 8-0 for a public participation policy that allows the board to designate one spokesperson for people who all hold a similar position.


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  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    This is un-necessary time taken away from the students. The teachers could have met after school. I don't believe it would have killed them. All I see is more excuses in favor of the these teachers. What about favoring the students?

  • mjones3 May 19, 2010

    BIG UNC are absolutely out of line. Teachers teach because of their love of education and teaching kids. Believe it or not, not everyone goes into a profession merely because of the title or the monetary aspect. I have known a great deal of people through my business interactions that may be book smart but have zero common sense or people skills. You can't put a price tag on those qualities I don't care how smart you are. I taught school for a year and a half and realized that I was not cut out to teach. It is a difficult job and most of the time there is no glory in it. You think people do it for the time off? You are sadly mistaken. Most nights during that year and a half, I worked at home with papers to grade and lesson plans to make for the next day. Teaching isn't a walk in the park like you are insinuating.

  • jnc67 May 19, 2010

    Something is amiss here: teachers do not work for the parents of Wake County. A teacher's job is to serve the children of Wake County to the best of his/her ability. To do so they need support from home, their administration, and their community. Think of it this way: if you don't like your pediatrician, find a new one. Don't like your cable company? Find a new one. Don't like your school district:? Please. Find a new one.

  • AWakeMom May 19, 2010

    Eduardo1 -- when the new school year begins - July 2010

  • Eduardo1 May 19, 2010

    when does wacky Wednesday end, and the new Friday plan start for year-round schools?

  • Eduardo1 May 19, 2010

    Like it not, this is a pro-active Board!

  • BigUNCFan May 19, 2010

    I am not pro or anti teacher but I know what I see. When kids go to college, most of the best and brightest go to pre law, business, pre med or engineering/sciences. Most of the onese that are average students with low SATs go into psychology, sociology, teaching, communications, anthropology, etc. etc.

    You RARELY see anyone who is good at math or science at all go into teaching. Why would they put up with the hassle of low pay and rude kids and parents. The only up side is that you get a lot of free time off. Otherwise no one would do it.

  • A Libertarian May 19, 2010

    taylor3297 - I never said the teachers union spoke for everyone, If you read the post, the union set the agenda on the state level. Just you or the NCAE calls themselves whatever, by difition they are a union. The negotiate pay and agenda for the ALL TEACHERS in the state of NC. Except for private and then you wonder why private is better, DUH!

  • taylor3297 May 19, 2010

    gabi- You can thank the state tourism lobby and the Save our Summers group for the August 25 and June 10 dates. It would be much better for high school students to take their exams before the winter break instead of after.

  • aintbackingdwn May 19, 2010

    We sure don't won't to hurt those magget schools