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Leadership, Calendar Approved by Watauga BOE PDF Print
Written by Marshall Ashcraft, WC Schools   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:36

The Watauga County Board of Education has re-elected Deborah Miller as Board chair and Dr. Lee Warren as vice-chair for 2012.  The decisions were made by unanimous votes at the regular Board of Education meeting Monday, December 12th.
Miller has served on the Board of Education for seven years and Warren has been a member for 13 years.

Warren was recently named to the honorary All-State School Board by the NC School Board Association and Miller was awarded the same honor in 2008.  Only eight board members from among hundreds across the state are selected for the All-State School Board each year.
The Watauga County Board of Education also includes members Steve Combs, Delora Hodges, and John Welch. 
In other action at the Monday meeting, the Board approved the school calendar for 2012-13.  The calendar sets August 8th as the first instructional day for students and August 3rd as the first teacher workday.  Orientation for high school students will take place before the first instructional day but specific orientation dates will not be decided until spring of next year.
While the dates for the first day of school, early release days, and holidays are firm for next year, the number of instructional days and teacher workdays could change.  As required by state law, the school calendar approved by the Board of Education includes 185 instructional days in 2012-13, five more days than this year.  However, a waiver from the additional days will be requested by the Watauga County Schools, along with most school systems in the state.  If the waiver is granted, or if the legislature chooses to revert to a 180 day standard for 2012-13, five instructional days will be replaced by teacher work days.  This will not affect starting dates or school holidays but it would mean that schools would be closed for students on additional days during the school year and that the school year would end one day sooner. 
While most education leaders favor a longer school year, there are concerns about adding additional student days at this time because the General Assembly did not allocate funding for the increased transportation and utilities costs that will result from a longer year.  In addition, the added instructional days come at the expense of teacher work days used to provide professional development for teachers, and these days are especially valuable now as schools prepare to implement a revised curriculum in 2012-13. 
The complete school calendar for 2012-13 will be available on the Watauga County Schools website ( under the “Calendar” tab.  Changes to that calendar will be announced online and through local media as needed.


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