I-SS schools to close on May 16 due to anticipated teacher shortage
BY KARISSA MILLER
Iredell-Statesville Schools officials announced Monday that all district schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 16, as hundreds of I-SS teachers are expected to join educators from across the state in a march in Raleigh to protest teacher pay and funding for school resources.
“We don’t have the workforce to have school that day and make a commitment to our parents that their children will be supervised,” Superintendent Brady Johnson said.
Johnson told the school board that the decision to close was based on the fact that 367 teachers have requested to be out that day.
May 16 is now designated as an optional teacher workday.
District officials do not foresee a need to schedule a makeup day, according to Public Relations and Community Partners Coordinator Susie Wiberg. I-SS students are on track to meet state guidelines for instructional hours, she said.
I-SS board chairman Martin Page called the walkout a “partisan political stunt.” He criticized teachers who will participate in the march, explaining that their job is to “do what’s in the best interest of students.”
Board member Samuel Kennington pointed out that taking away one day of instruction in the classroom hurts students who need additional practice for end-of-year and end-of-grade testing.
The Mooresville Graded Schools District also announced Monday that it would close for the same reason.
I-SS Testing & Field Trips
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests will take place as planned on May 16, according to school officials.
Also, field trips planned for that day will proceed as planned as long as there is adequate staffing. Parents should check with their schools if they are unsure.
Primetime will take place as scheduled on May 16.