Number of school districts canceling classes on May 16 rises to 17

Chris Hipkins

"The Johnston County Board of Education supports its teachers, knowing that the work they perform is lasting and can not afford to be marginalized", Mike Wooten, chairman of the Johnston board of education said. "If we have credible information that indicates the majority of our teaching staff will not be present, we may have to make a decision regarding student safety and supervision that requires us to close".

Johnston County's announcement comes a day after State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson said he hopes more school districts will not close on May 16.

May 16 will now be an optional teacher workday.

Pitt County Schools announced Tuesday it will cancel classes May 16, as almost 200 teachers have requested the day off to join educators in Raleigh for a rally to seek better funding for state schools.

The NCAE released the agenda for the demonstration day saying that the group will march from NCAE headquarters in downtown Raleigh to the legislative building, and then instructed participants to gather on the third floor above the chambers and file into the galleries during session.

The North Carolina teachers' protest is attracting national attention because it also coincides with #RedForEd teacher strikes and walkouts across the country.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the page had raised a little more than $1,000. After initially pledging to remain open, NHCS has announced it will close on May 16. "At this point, we cannot provide quality instruction and there would be serious student safety concerns with that many teachers out of the schools", Superintendent Tim Markley stated.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) testing - will occur on May 16 as planned.

Transportation will be provided for students taking tests through the NHCS Transportation Department.

Since high school athletics are now in the playoffs for the spring sports season, any playoff games scheduled for May 16 will be played as scheduled. Stop forcing teachers to fund medicine three days a week while nurses serve four schools at a time.

"Our delay has never been not to support, but that of the hard dilemma of what do we do with what the impacts are when we call off school", Emory said.

With over 38 percent of public schools in the state already announcing closures on May 16, Jewell said that number is expected to increase.

"We certainly understand their frustration about educational funding", Contreras said. "I don't mind coming to work, but I would like to at the end of the month pay my bills, and in the summertime get more professional development to be a first-rate teacher". Johnston County has more than 30,000 students.

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