Parents sue Carteret County School Board over new school calendar

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Three business owners who are also parents in one Eastern Carolina county are taking their school board to court over just when school should start this fall.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Carteret County.

It claims the Carteret County School Board voted to start classes on August 13th, despite a state law that sets August 26th as the earliest start date.

“Local boards of education are not free to pick and choose which educational laws they want to follow,” says the lawsuit.

The suit was brought by parents and a grandparent who have children in the school system, who are also business owners.

Last year, Union County changed its school calendar back to comply with state law after the same attorney sued their school board.

WITN has reached out to Carteret County Schools seeking comment and specifically asking why they don’t feel the state law applies to them.