Two school districts in North Dakota are taking an unusual step to cut costs and provide teachers with more days for professional development. Starting this fall, the Dunseith and East Fairview school systems will shift to four-day school weeks.
The Associated Press reports classes at Dunseith will be held Monday-Thursday, and that Fridays will be reserved for teacher training and to allow students to come in for extra help. Each class will be lengthened by 10 minutes.
A dramatic drop in federal funding is one reason Dunseith officials decided to pursue the schedule change. Officials hope the switch will save the district, which includes 425 students, about $250,000 annually in energy costs and other expenses such as running school cafeterias.
One of the biggest concerns from parents, meanwhile, has been the need to find child care on Fridays.
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