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School board to discuss North Rowan calendar

SALISBURY — On Monday, the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will take a third look at a proposal to change North Rowan High School’s calendar.

As a restart school, North Rowan High is granted calendar flexibility by the state. School Principal Meredith Williams and Director of Secondary Education Dr. Eisa Cox have proposed tweaking the school’s calendar to match that of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

North’s restart plan focuses on connecting students to real-world experiences, Williams said in a previous interview. And by the start of the 2018-19 school year, North Rowan will have one of the highest number of dual-enrolled students in the district.

But enrollment in RCCC’s Career and College Promise Program — which allows high school students to take college courses at no cost — can be difficult with a traditional school calendar. RCCC’s classes start nearly a month before Rowan-Salisbury Schools’, and end significantly earlier, as well.

The board has considered the proposal over several meetings, asking for information about transportation costs, the effect on local families and if it would be possible to tweak the calendar a bit. The calendar to be presented Monday has students starting school on Aug. 9, with first semester final exams wrapping up just before winter break. School would end on May 24, 2019.

In other business, the board:

  • Will go over a proposed budget for the district’s Career and Technical Education program for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
  • Review student fees for the upcoming school year.
  • Discuss forming a cohort of STEM leaders from Salisbury schools.
  • Consider a parking lot expansion for the Wallace Educational Forum.

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will meet Monday at 4 p.m. in the Wallace Educational Forum board room, 500 N. Main St. The meeting begins with closed session. Celebrations will be held at 5 p.m., and public comment at 6 p.m. This is the board’s only meeting for the month of May.

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