Should Wake County's common early release days be held on Wednesdays or Fridays for the 2010-11 school year?
School administrators are recommending holding the six common early release days on Wednesdays, similar to what's being done this year. The other option presented at Tuesday's student achievement committee meeting is to hold them on Fridays.
The full board could vote on the issue Tuesday.
As you guys recall, school ends 2 1/2 hours early on early release days. The days were standardized a few years ago to provide consistency.
In addition to grumbling about releasing students an hour early on most Wednesdays for the PLT time this year, there were also some parental grumbling about the early release days being in the middle of the week.
Administrators said at the committee meeting that using Wednesdays would give schools the flexibility to have staff meet after students leave.
If Fridays are used, administrators said they wouldn't require schools to keep teachers in those afternoons.
Interim Superintendent Donna Hargens said they're recommending Wednesdays but recognize that Fridays "may be more family friendly."
Board member Kevin Hill isn't on the student achievement committee. But he attended Tuesday and was asked by the committee members which day he preferred.
Hill backed Wednesday, saying he wouldn't want "to take a car off the assemlby line built on a Friday."
Click here for a handout listing the options and the potential dates for the early release days. The sheet lists an option 3 which calls for no early release days, something the committee members said isn't an option.
The board voted 6-2 on May 18 to approve the use of Fridays for the early-release days. Only board members Kevin Hill and Keith Sutton voted no.