Excerpt From: The Transylvania Times. Written By: Derek McKissock.
N.C. Rep. Cody Henson is a primary sponsor of a bill that would allow school districts to begin the school year earlier.
Henson, a Transylvania County resident who represents District 113, is a primary sponsor, along with three other state lawmakers, of House Bill (HB) 53.
If approved, the bill would move the earliest schools could begin, should they choose, from the Monday closest to Aug. 26 to Aug. 10.
“When speaking with local school board members and superintendents, they informed me that if schools could begin about two weeks sooner, first semester exams could be finished before students leave for Christmas break,” Henson said. “It would give students and teachers the ability to enjoy Christmas break with family and friends instead of prepping and studying for exams. It also provides a little more flexibility to local school boards when working on calendars.”
The bill passed its first reading in the House. It has been referred to the Committee on Education – K-12.
Henson is also a primary sponsor, along with two other state lawmakers, of HB 66. If approved, it will allow the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue certain military special registration plates free of charge to motor vehicles with a registered weight that doesn’t exceed 17,000 pounds.
Examples of those who would apply include a disabled veteran, a Legion of Valor award winner, an ex-prisoner of war, and Bronze Star Medal or Silver Star awardees.