Monday, April 14, 2014

Idaho Press-Tribune: Homedale Schools May Move to Four-Day Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Tonight, the Homedale School District board will vote on switching to a four-day workweek for the area’s grade schools. If the board votes in favor, the changes would go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported this morning.

A committee has been exploring the idea since November, after a supplemental levy was defeated by 25 votes. The committee presented its findings on April 7, with a recommendation to pass the motion in favor of the shorter week. It was to save money at first—a study conducted in 2011 showed savings from $40,000 to $70,000 per year—but through the committee’s research, the members found several other benefits, such as increased student attendance and achievement. Teachers also say their teaching is higher quality with the four-day week.

The Press-Tribune reported that 73 percent of parents and 76 percent of staff like the idea of the four-day workweek for Homedale schools, but others have concerns over lost wages for bus drivers.

Homedale School Board members will discuss and most likely vote on the issue in a public meeting starting at 7 p.m.

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