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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Board of Education approved a revised 2013-2014 calendar for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Calendar Option B was adopted. It includes a teacher workday before the Thanksgiving holiday and a longer winter break.
The revised calendar is now aligned with a recently amended North Carolina statute.
In April 2012, the Board of Education adopted a 185-instructional day calendar for the 2013-14 school year that followed the law in effect at that time.
In July 2012, the NC General Assembly amended the statute that governs school calendars.
The new law, which goes into effect in the 2013-14 school year, gives districts more flexibility with start and end dates and also mandates 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.
The amended law also gives CMS the opportunity to improve the 2013-14 calendar by providing more teacher workdays for professional development and more options severe weather make-up days.
Approximately 8,600 employees, parents, students and community members participated in a calendar poll held Jan. 8 – 14. This compares to approximately 6,100 poll participants for the 2012-13 calendar and 5,900 for the 2011-12 calendar. Nearly 78.3% (6,779) of participants preferred Calendar B. Approximately 22% (1,878) preferred Calendar Option A.
The approved 2013-14 calendar meets the requirements of North Carolina law, North Carolina Board of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education policies.