Schools Districts Considering Four-Day Weeks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Some Kentucky school districts are considering four-day instructional weeks to combat the rising cost of bus fuel.

The Lexington Herald-Leader quoted Kentucky School Board member Kaye Baird as saying schools are trying to save every way they can.

The board was meeting in Frankfort.

Baird and Associate Education Commissioner Larry Stinson said districts must be careful to get the required 177 days of instruction completed in each school year.

Webster County schools and the Jenkins Independent Schools in Letcher County have been on a four-day schedule for the past few years.

Both lengthened their school days so students receive the required number of hours of instruction.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by tammy Location: hopkins county on Dec 20, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    how can I find out the teacher pay in different KY school districts?
  • by a, c. Location: KY on Jun 15, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    It is a proven fact that people are not as productive in the last hour of the day as they were in the first hour. Ask someone who has been assigned to twelve hour days. Also learning is not as successful when you are tired from working or spending long hours reading and studying. Test yourself. Children and adults need time to achieve at the highest level. More hours added to the length of the day will not be as successful in educating children. check the resultss of studies done by factories to increase production of products and of learning the knowledge necessary to be successful. Don't just jump on the bandwagon because it sounds good. Think first. The lives of our children and their future deserves more.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Jun 15, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    to Pro/Cons-Mt. Sterling---I think Adecco is hiring for Nestle, day shift at $9 per hour
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    This is why other countries are getting smarter and America is getting stupider.
  • by mom Location: Pike Co. on Jun 14, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Pike Co. doesn't have fall break so getting rid of it wouldn't help out at all I myself think this is a good idea so that the 5th day I could make dr appts and so on so my children wouldn't haft to miss school for the appts. I myself think it will help the parents and children.
  • by I for it Location: Johnson on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    First and foremost schools are not baby sitters, the school systems has to do what they have to do, or pass the extra cost to the tax payers. No one has thought how much taxes that will be added on to your phone, water, tv, etc., also your property tax bill will be going up also. I don't want anymore tax raises on my bills, I am cutting as much as I can already, so if this same me and the school system money, by all means go for the 4 days a week...It is costing money for the school employee to drive to school with the amount of money the classified get paid anyway and they are not making a paycheck with the price of gas and food. This way they go longer during the day and don't have to worry about the 5th day buying gas and food...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    take the money u save and give it to me.
  • by J Location: KY on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    Why don't they cut out the week-long fall and spring breaks? That would give them some of the instructional time they are worried about if they go to a 4-day week. Back in the stone age, when I attended school, we had a "spring" break which was Good Friday and a "fall" break which was Thanksgiving day and the day after. What is actually wrong with that?
  • by PRO/CONS Location: MT.STERLING on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    WELL IM NOT SO SURE I GUESS IT HAS PROS AND CONS. MY SON IS 11 AND GOING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE THEY HAVE A DRESS CODE..I HATE IT! I WILL HAVE TO BUY CLOTHES BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS BECAUSE CANT HAVE LOLGS NO BIGGER THAN QUATER ON SHIRTS, AND SWEATSHIRTS MUST HAVE MONTGOMERY CO ON THEM. LIKE IT'S NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO RAISE AND GET CHILDCARE NOW THEY TELL US WHAT THEY CAN WEAR. I DO BELIEVE IN LIMITS TO WHAT THEY WEAR BUT THEY ARE A LIL OVER BOARD. HOWEVER MY SON IS 11 THERE ARE NO CHILD CARE FOR HIS AGE SO HE MUST GO HOME AFTER SCHOOL, WHICH I DON'T LIKE, BUT WHAT CAN I DO. I WORK IN WINCHESTER AND WAS TOLD YESTERDAY WE GO TO 4 DAYS WEEK, BUT 8 HOUR DAYS SO I LOSE 8 HOURS OFF MY CHECK. WHICH IS NOT HELPFUL! WITH FOOD AND GAS GOING UP I CANT AFFORD TO LOSE INCOME. I KNOW ITS HARD ENOUGH FOR KIDS TO BE STILL IN THOSE HARD SEATS TO HAVE TO GO 2 HRS LONGER. BY THE WAY ANYONE KNOW OF ANY GOOD JOBS IN MT.STERLING OR WINCHESTER. HOWEVER I DONT THINK PARENTS WILL HAVE A SAY IN 4 DAY WEEKS.
  • by kellie Location: lexington , kentucky on Jun 13, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I THINK ITS A GREAT IDEAL. I HAVE TWO BROTHER WHO LIVE IN LETCHER COUNTY THEY GO 4 DAYS THEY LOVE IT THEY LEARN JUST LIKE ANY ONE WHO GOSE FIVE DAYS. MY LITTLE GIRL STARTES SCHOOL THIS YEAR I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HER ONLY GO FOUR DAYS... ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD DO IT. PLUS THE KIDS WOULD LOVE IT.
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