Blackduck schools approve 4-day week
Associated Press, Published Wednesday, April 08, 2009
BLACKDUCK, Minn. (AP) — Students in the Blackduck school district in northwestern Minnesota are closer to going to class only four days a week.
The school board approved the cost-cutting move on a 5-1 vote on Monday. If the state Department of Education approves, the new schedule will start in the next school year.
To make up the lost time, Superintendent Bob Doetsch says the district set up a tentative schedule to lengthen each school day. As of now, Monday is the favored day off.
Doetsch says the district needs the savings of the shorter week because he expects big cuts in state funding for the district.
The savings would come from lower costs for transportation, fuel, cooks, janitors, food and substitute teachers.