An end to 'Wacky Wednesdays?'

May 18, 2010 3:48:42 PM PDT
The Wake County School Board says schools will have six early release days on Fridays for the 2010-11 school year instead of Wednesdays as it does now.

Parents have complained about the so-called "Wacky Wednesdays" when students get out of school extra early to accommodate planned early release days as well as giving teachers planning time to meet with their Professional Learning Teams.

Board member John Tedesco and Vice Chair Debra Goldman said Tuesday the move to the end of the week would be more family-friendly.

Board member Kevin Hill questioned the move - suggesting Wednesdays may be fairer to teachers who have families too. Hill is concerned that teachers and staff would be reluctant to stay late on a Friday at the end of the work week. He feels their staff development time would be more productive on a Wednesday afternoon.

Interim Superintendent Donna Hargens made it clear to the board that principals enforce a policy that teachers are not allowed to take leave time on early release days.

A time committee made up of parents, principals and teachers recommended the board stick with Wednesdays. Members of the board minority said they want to respect that decision, but were shot down by the board majority.

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