Western Kentucky County Considering Switching to 4-day School Week

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Students in a western Kentucky county might not have to deal with the Monday morning blues in a couple of years.

The Crittenden County Board of Education is considering adopting a four-day school week as a way to deal with rising fuel prices.

"We are developing a contingency plan to deal with fuel costs should they get to the 4- or 5- dollar range," said Superintendent John Belt.

The rising fuel prices affect not only transportation to and from school for students, but also add to food costs and extracurricular activities, Belt said.

"It impacts everything from top to bottom really," he said.

Neighboring Webster County went to a four-day school week during the 2003-04 school year, and has seen a rise in attendance and test scores, Belt said. Students go to class from Tuesday to Friday while teachers use Monday as a planning day.

Crittenden County school board member Phyllis Orr said providing day care for the younger students may be a problem.

"We want to do what's best for the children, and if it's not best for them, we're not going to do it," she said.

Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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