More from the questioner:
And why have the “work day” coincide with voting day? Are schools still used as polling places?
Yes, schools are still used as polling places – 17 New Hanover County schools, to be exact.
“The reason for the half day on Nov. 1 (2010) was to give the schools a staff development day before report cards which are due next week,” saidValita Quattlebaum, communications officer for the district and a member of the Calendar Committee. “The teacher workday was placed on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in order for students to have two weeks off during the winter holidays.”
But her committee is doing it a little differently next school year.
“Both Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, will be full teacher workdays and Friday, Oct. 28 will be a half day for staff development,” she wrote in an e-mail. “When planning a school calendar, there are many considerations which people may not be aware of. They include having the required 180 days and 1,000 hours of instruction, 10 holidays, and 15 teacher workdays. The start date may not be before Aug. 25 and the end date must be on or before June 10. Additionally, there are tentative make-up days due to weather-related closings and staff development days to provide professional development for staff.”
The schools that were polling places during this election are: Alderman Elementary School, Eaton Elementary School, Parsley Elementary School, Ashley High School, Forest Hills Elementary School, Trask Middle School, Bellamy Elementary School, Freeman Elementary School, Blount Elementary School, Bradley Creek School, Holly Tree Elementary School, Williston Middle School, Codington Elementary School, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wrightsboro Elementary School, College Park School and Ogden Elementary School.
Date posted: November 2, 2010
User-contributed question by: