Johnston County Schools Will Close May 16 For Teacher Rally

During their monthly board meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Johnston County Board of Education agreed to close schools next Wednesday, May 16th.

Schools will be closed to students with an optional teacher workday on May 16th, a day that has been publicized as a teacher rally at the General Assembly. This decision is based on an increasing numbers of teachers who have chosen to take personal leave that day.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 632 teachers had requested a personal leave day on May 16th.

“Without the presence of our teachers, normal operations will be disrupted and create possible issues regarding the order of our school day,” said Dr. Ross Renfrow, Superintendent.

Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten added, “The Johnston County Board of Education supports its teachers, knowing that the work they perform is lasting and cannot afford to be marginalized. For the record, the JCPS Board of Education is committed to its teachers, respects the work that builds and strengthens our future, and will continue to support that which advances teaching and learning in Johnston County, this state, nation, and world. Our teachers’ voice is important and valuable to us.”

In the coming days, Johnston County Public Schools will provide notification of any rescheduled testing, special events, field trips, and any other activities planned for May 16th.