According to this article (which originally contained no less than 5 spelling mistakes) in the Pioneer Press, ISD 191 is considering moving to a four day school week in order to cut costs. While this has been well received in districts across the state which have already made the change, some may wonder if those high costs will be instead borne by families looking for daycare to cover the shorter week.
From the article:
A combination of flat revenue and declining enrollment has district leaders looking for ways to offset growing operational costs as the result of inflation.
Projections show Burnsville may need to cut as much as $5 million each of the next three years to maintain the district’s roughly $107 million annual budget.
Under the proposal, students would essential (sic) get every other Monday off in exchange for longer school days. The time for student instruction would not decrease, but the move would save $776,000 in transportation in (sic) other costs, according to district budget records.
Are you a parent in ISD191? If so what do you think about lengthening the school day but removing one day every other week? Would this cause you problems finding affordable daycare for your children while you work? Would your work allow you a more flexible work schedule to meet the demands of the district? Do you believe that this will save the the money the district claims? Do you think that the additional days set aside for teachers to improve instruction will be helpful?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.