School board saves nearly $6M with revised gym plans

The Moore County School Board announced a settlement in a Disabilities Education Act dispute at its Feb. 13 regular business meeting. They announced the agreement after the closed session.

Attorneys for the Board and parents reached the agreement Feb. 6 on the contested case based on the Disabilities Education Act and Rehabilitation Act, stating no fault on either side.

The Board paid reduced attorney costs for the petitioner down to $12,690.

Union Pines High School staff will receive speech training to assist students with disabilities.

The Board will provide additional online and in-person tutoring and speech training for the student in the dispute resolution. The Board was limited on details during the open portion of the meeting.

During the action portion of the meeting, the Board approved the draft calendars for the 2024-2025 school year on the Moore County Schools’ website for public comment and feedback from Feb. 18 through March 8.

Vice Chair David Hensley said he was hopeful legislation will support the new schedule. He said the existing schedule was pushed into creation by the tourism industry for longer rentals during fall break.

The existing schedule carries the fall semester through fall break and into Jan. after students return to classes.

Hensley said students deserve a mental break to reduce stress. Students should be able to complete final exams in the fall semester before fall break, so students can relax and enjoy family.

View the draft calendars here.

Please click here to watch the school board’s video to learn about other topics discussed.

~Article written by Sandhills Sentinel Journalist Stephanie M. Sellers. Contact her at [email protected].

Photo/Sandhills Sentinel.

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