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In the Senate budget proposal is a subsection defining year-round schools.  The year-round schools program in New Hanover County Schools has been in place for 18 years and has never fit this definition.  I fear that that if this definition is included in the final budget, our schools would be forced to revert to a traditional calendar with less than 2 months to adequately prepare.  This would negatively impact the families of nearly 300 staff members and over 1,500 students and their families.

For your reference, NHCS currently has 3 year-round elementary schools (Codington, Eaton, and Sunset Park) and we operate under an alternative calendar in which all of our students begin school at the end of July.  After approximately 9 weeks, we have a 3 week intersession, then resume for our next quarter, another 3 week break, and so on.  We do not have multi-tracking as is common in Wake County.  Our calendar for next year can be viewed here.

I hope that this is a simple issue of clarifying the language of the definition and that we will not be impacted.

I appreciate all you do for us and if I can be of any assistance to you in helping to remedy this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Gratefully yours,


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In compliance with Federal law, including Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, New Hanover County Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of disability, race, religion, national, or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, or gender except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. 

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact: Dr. Rick Holliday, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support and Federal Programs, 6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412, Telephone (910) 254-4206; Fax (910) 254-4226.