For families with high school-age children, the summer may soon seem a lot shorter. High school students in at least 14 counties in the state return to class next week..
School officials say the early start is necessary for the schools offering dual enrollment. That program allows high school students to take high school courses and college courses at the same time. If high schools begin at the end of August as mandated by state law, the students will not finish their first semester in time for second semester college courses. The dual enrollment program gives students the opportunity to graduate from high school with college credits. Some schools in Edgecombe and Martin Counties are among those returning next week.
Schools in Onslow, Lenoir, Craven and Carteret Counties are scheduled to start August 25. Classes in Beaufort and Pitt Counties are slated to begin August 28.