Lincoln School Leaders Ponder Four Day Week

School officials in Lincoln County say their daily average fuel cost last year was about $2,300. It was enough to overspend their fuel budget by $130,000.

“We run 66 buses a day. We average about 6,200 miles a day,” says Lincoln County Schools Transportation Director Ronnie Deatherage.

With diesel fuel at an all time high, and concern that the prices could go even higher this year, there's some serious talk of students having a 3 day weekend, every week of the year.

“All I've heard is positive talk about it,” said Deatherage, who admits, though, that he hasn’t conducted a lot of polling on the issue.

But local reaction of kids staying home an extra day is mixed.

“It would be a problem because I work. My husband works, There's nobody else to watch our kids,” said Lincoln County parent Cassie Burton.

“It would sure save on gas. Would help me out on appointments. And different things working around school. We could use all the help we could get as far as that goes,” said Bridget Coy, who likes the idea of a 4 day week for her two children.

The extra day off would be made up by extending the four days school would be in session.

“Instead of getting out at 3 o’clock, it might mean getting out at 4:15 or 4:30 (in the afternoon),” said Deatherage.

Right now the proposal is only in the discussion phase and it's not known if it would even be considered for the 2009 school year.

“But obviously we're not going to do it this year. We think it's something that will be looked at in the future. Not only in Lincoln County but in other counties because of the cost of fuel,” said Deatherage.

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  • by Gardina Location: Somerset, KY on Aug 5, 2008 at 04:08 AM
    I think that it is so sad that the county schools can not afford gas prices. What is done with the money from the lottery, and all of the other money from taxes?? I think the government should lower gas prices so everyone can afford to drive to town to get groceries or even go to work. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW ABOUT THE HIGH PRICES OF GAS.
  • by Abe Location: Chicago on Aug 4, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    Smart move for Lincoln County if they will do this.... about the only smart thing that Lincoln Countians have ever done!


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