Carteret County Schools appealing judge’s ruling on school calendar

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina school board is appealing a judge’s ruling that tossed out their school calendar saying it violated state law.

The Carteret County School Board met this morning for nearly two hours with their attorney behind closed doors.

They returned to open session and voted unanimously to appeal the ruling. They instructed their attorney to ask for a stay of the judge’s order telling them to adopt a new calendar that follows state law.

Last Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by a group of residents who wanted the school calendar tossed out.

The issue was the starting date for classes. A state law says public schools cannot start before August 26th while Carteret County set their start date for August 13th.

The school system said it changed the start date to align its calendars with the community college and to balance the instructional calendar, and allow students to take exams before the winter break.