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Why did New Hanover schools have a half-day Nov. 1 and no school Nov. 2, 2010?

Amanda Greene

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And why have the “work day” coincide with voting day? Are schools still used as polling places?

The answer:

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.

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4 Responses to “ Why did New Hanover schools have a half-day Nov. 1 and no school Nov. 2, 2010?”

  1. On November 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm TP wrote:

    There’s no need for the schools to be closed. Coddington and Eaton are both year round schools that were open on election day – the only schools in the county that were open – and everything was fine.

  2. On November 20, 2010 at 9:06 am Nancy Oakley wrote:

    I am a teacher from NY state and I can’t believe how much time off is given in the school systems here for teachers days. We had two days a year and that was it. Attendence was manditory. Also I can’t believe how many times I have seen classes at bowling when they should have been in school. I was told that it was field trips. We had one field trip a year at the end of the term that was for fun. We were allowed one other trip a year for something educational. We were told that the cost of running the bus was too expensive to do it more often. Children need to be in school to learn not to go bowling, skating or any other such activity.

  3. On November 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm Roger wrote:

    I went to school from 1952 thru 1966 for 180 with only the required days off for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The teacher did their work at school when they homeroom, or took it home to finish grading the papers and preparing test for the next day. Our school days started after Sept. 5 and end in May.

  4. On November 29, 2010 at 6:43 am Lee wrote:

    Not to be harsh Nancy, but I’d be embarrassed to announce myself as a teacher while posting my comments with misspellings and grammatical errors. It doesn’t speak much for the supposedly superior system you’re trying to endorse.

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