It's not too soon to start thinking about 2012-13 school calendars in Wake County.
The school board is scheduled to discuss and vote Tuesday on the 2012-13 calendars that will be used for traditional-calendar, year-round and modified-calendar schools. The board in the past has usually done the calendars over different dates to allow for changes and to get more public comment.
In this case, the plan is to take care of it all in one day with discussion during committee of the whole and adoption later that evening at the regular meeting.
Click here to view the draft calendars.
One interesting thing is that the calendars call for a two-hour delay on Election Day. It's expected that there will be a big turnout in 2012 for the Presidential Election.
The Wake County Board of Elections has regularly asked the school board to close schools on Election Day because so many schools are used as polling places. But, yet again, it looks like the school system will only go so far as to delay the start of classes.
Here's what was ultimately agreed to.:
At the request of school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman, traditional-calendar schools will be closed for students on Election Day. But in order to make sure that staff will be on campus to open the building for poll workers, it will become a teacher workday.
They'll move the workday on Sept. 26 to Nov. 6. They'll move the vacation day on Dec. 21 to Sept. 26, which is Yom Kippur so that Jewish students and employees can still have the day off.
They'll move the early-release day from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21 so that people can start their winter break early.
But Deborah Prickett joined Democrats in rejecting Goldman's request to move up spring break a week. The proposal would have school closed for students from March 25 to April 2.
Goldman had said it would be more family friendly since moving it up a week would also encompass Passover. But the dissenters were worried the change would result in unequal numbers of days in the quarters.
As for modified-calendar schools, Election Day will become a workday. They'll now go to school on Jan. 2.
But the plan to close schools on Election Day for year-round schools was scrapped because of the difficulty finding another day when tracks 1, 2 and 4 would also be in session.
Year-round schools will stick with the original plan of opening on a two-hour delay on Election Day.