Tourism Authority: "Save Our Summers"

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Its a hot button issue, that nearly everyone is impacted by: The school start date in our state

A bill to change that and allow school systems to start school as early as August 8th passed in the State House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate.

It may seem like a mere two weeks but tourism officials say it could be detrimental to the industry.

Carteret County is a huge supporter of the Save Our Summers-NC Grassroots organization pushing to keep a later August start date.

Lohr says during that two weeks she believes tourists may spend 250-thousand to a half million dollars, which is money they would lose if the school start date is moved up.

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  • by AMEN! Location: NC on May 19, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Way to go, Thankful! Well said!
  • by Thankful that I teach ... Location: North Carolina on May 19, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    Most people who have commented obviously aren't teachers. Here are the valid points. 1)Most students do not have air conditioning. Starting in early August provides them with that luxury considering most homes do not have AC but schools do. 2)The two week winter break does affect retention. Studies have shown that giving exams while "still in the swing of things" is more beneficial and test scores are higher. 3)It does not matter when school starts. Fall sports start times are regulated by the NCHSAA and will continue to start as early as late July (for football camp). 4)School days/teacher workdays are regulated by the government. Public schools must be open a certain number of hours or a certain number of days per academic year (LEA decision). There has to be a certain number of required workdays for staff development and the processing of grades. Before school systems are criticized, look at your own agenda. Chances are that you want your vacation when you want it; forget education.
  • by A Parent, Too Location: NC on May 19, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    We go on vacation in May. It is a lot less crowded, and we can always find great bargains. Don't be so shallow; not all people go to "the beach."
  • by parent Location: greenville on May 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    If schools started early and got out early in May, how many people would really go to the beach in early May? It's not hot enough yet. People want to enjoy the water when it is HOT outside as in August. Furthermore, going to school in early Aug is too hot for the kids especially when they have to get out there and practice sports-consider health safety. It would make more sense to send them longer in May versus earlier in Aug. The teachers just want more time to plan their schedule for the following semester and they would have that if exams were held before xmas break. It's not about improving kids test scores. Is there some study that was done to suppport this? I haven't heard about it if it was.Given the fact that the the "beach" area has higher test scores than most in the state Croaton HS being at the highest level, I would say the beach folks have every right to fight against the change. It appears that the later start date is working well for them as seen by their scores.
  • by Columbia on May 19, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    I don't understand. We have exams before Christmas as it is right now. Why can't other schools do it?
  • by :( Location: Greenville on May 19, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    The posts here that equate teaching to babysitting are profoundly ignorant. No wonder our children's test scores are so low: their parents don't even take school seriously.
  • by FOSTER Location: BELHAVEN on May 19, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    AFTER LABOR DAY, tell beverly purdue she can save some more money that way!!
  • by hopkins Location: pamlico beach on May 19, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Start school late in August,children do not have time no more to be children!! THEY ARE GROWN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!
  • by You're Not Thinking Location: NC on May 19, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    "Year 'round" won't work for the high schools. When you are not in session, you can't play sports. That eliminates lots of potential NC athletes and their collegiate scholarships. By the way, it would have to be nine weeks on - three weeks off to make sure that continued learning takes place in the classroom.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 19, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Somebody with a lot of pull wants the state to pay for baby sitting and give away free lunches. If the parents can't take care of their childern then they should not have had them!
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