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Some schools find that the shift to four longer days—intended to help districts save on transportation and utilities costs—has unexpected benefits, such as fewer absences by students and teachers. Academics don’t suffer and children’s satisfaction with school grows, studies show.

David Blackburn, superintendent in the 1,200-student Salida School District in Colorado, said his district’s move to a four-day week saves about $60,000 a year after helping pay for new initiatives, such as an intervention program on the day off for schools that need academic help and a program where students learn how to build houses.

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Morale is up as is teacher retention, according to Mr. Blackburn. “There is a savings, yes, but it’s not where the success lies,” he said.

David Blackburn, superintendent in the 1,200-student Salida School District in Colorado, said his district’s move to a four-day week saves about $60,000 a year after helping pay for new initiatives, such as an intervention program on the day off for schools that need academic help and a program where students learn how to build houses.

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