First day of new school schedule

July 8, 2009 2:56:12 AM PDT
On day two of classes at Wake County's year-round schools, students will get out a little early.The schedule is a first for the schools and is effective today, allowing all Wake County students to get out one hour earlier on Wednesday afternoons.

As a result, school will be in session an additional ten minutes all of the other days of the week.

Teachers will use the midweek hour to meet and plan, but some parents aren't thrilled with the schedule shift.

"It just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, only because it's in the middle of the week," parent Sandra Venson said. "If it were on a Friday, it'd make a little more sense because people would plan a little bit better."

Others worry they will have to find and pay more for childcare of leave the office early.

"It makes it difficult because I work at pre-school so I don't get out of school till 1 o'clock, so I'm gonna have to hustle to get here and get her picked up, so it puts a kink in my little plan," parent Julie Fonvielle said.

But Superintendent Del Burns says the midweek hour for teachers is critical and will help student achievement.

"It just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense only because it's in the middle of the week," Burns said. "If it were on a Friday, it'd make a little more sense because people would plan a little bit better."

Some are very supportive of the change. The Wake County PTA reportedly supports the idea saying it will help more students achieve higher goals academically.


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