Eclipse may delay school start
Thu, 01/26/2017 - 8:37am
The Clay County Board of Education is mulling the possibility of permitting students to start the 2017 fall term one day after the coming solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.
Students would report for classes Tuesday, Aug 22. Monday would be a teacher work day.
The reason for the possible postponement: safety considerations. Clay County Schools Superintendent Mark Leek and the board took up the 2017-18 school calendar at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.
“If we do have 30,000 visitors on our roads I do not know how we’ll get buses on the roads, too,” Leek said. He was referring to the number of tourists projected to inundate the mountain towns of western North Carolina to experience the first total eclipse to hit the continental United States in nearly four decades.
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By Lorraine Bennett