Wake County Schools

Wake school board to consider extending school day

Posted June 20, 2011 1:04 p.m. EDT
Updated June 20, 2011 4:16 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Board of Education will consider Tuesday a proposal to extend the school day next year by 10 minutes to comply with a new state requirement that adds five days to the academic calendar.

Michael Evans, a spokesman with the school system, said that school staff plan to ask for the board’s permission to send a letter, asking for a waiver, to the state Department of Public Instruction.

Instead of adding days, the district wants to start classes five minutes earlier and end five minutes later each day to compensate.

Wake schools' chief business officer, David Neter, said the extra five days would cost the financially strapped school system more than $500,000 to operate buses.

In addition, he said, it would mean that all four tracks of year-round schools would be in class on certain days of the school year.

The General Assembly added the five days to the school year as part of the 2011-12 state budget.