Rural schools forced to implement 4-day school week

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Perhaps setting a trend that will catch on elsewhere, school districts in some rural areas throughout the United States have implemented a four-day school week that is designed to save money.

Students will be attending school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday in the districts that have either adopted it or will be doing so.

The Mountain West region of the country (Colorado, Oregon and Montana) has taken to the shorter school week and while it does save money on transportation, heating, clerical and janitorial costs, many other expenses are set a fixed rate, such as teacher salaries, and are not impacted by the shorter week.

One success story so far has been the Newcastle school district in Oklahoma, which was facing a $1.3 billion budget issue and went to a four-day week in February. Superintendent Tony O’Brien told KFOR News in Oklahoma that he estimated a total savings of one-to-two percent of the budget and that they were already on a path ahead of that number so far.

One of the reasons mentioned by O’Brien was that teachers took less days off, thereby reducing the need for substitute teachers.

H/T: Fox News

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