Dr. Wanda Dawson's letter follows:
Dear Pamlico County Schools Family,
North Carolina General Statutes give local boards of education powers of supervision and control of local school systems. Local control over establishing school calendars is an integral component of school system supervision and administration powers with which local boards of education have been vested. However, State law has usurped local control by imposing a one-size-fits-all mandate on how school calendars are to be set. At the December 1, 2014 board meeting, the Pamlico County Board of Education approved a resolution supporting local control of school calendars. This resolution was sent to the North Carolina School Board Association to be presented, along with resolutions from other LEAs across the state, to the General Assembly in January. In addition, the North Carolina School Board Association has partnered with several organizations to form a coalition focused on promoting local school calendar authority. The name of the coalition is L.O.C.A.L. (Let Our Calendar Authority be Local).
The coalition has established a website that is now live. The coalition has also created a petition on the website, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and an email. All of these resources will provide forums where school employees can engage, make their voices heard, and become more informed about this issue, particularly during winter break. I am requesting (not requiring) that you visit the website and/or follow L.O.C.A.L. on Twitter and Facebook during winter break. Please feel free to tweet at L.O.C.A.L. and post comments on the Facebook page during winter break in support of local school calendar flexibility. There is also an online petition available if you choose to sign it. Below are the links and addresses you need to know to spread the word!
Website address: www.nclocalcalendars.com
Twitter handle: @nclocalcalendar
Facebook address: facebook.com/nclocalcalendars