Cutting class can be big trouble for students anywhere.
But the Haviland school district may cut its school week to four days to avoid financial trouble. At least 16 other districts in Kansas have started four-day school weeks in efforts to save money during a deepening economic crisis.
The 160-student Haviland district near Greensburg said response to the idea has been positive, after hearing from citizens and other districts with four-day weeks. The school board votes Jan. 12 on a plan that would lengthen the school day from Monday to Thursday.
Groups of teachers, administrators, community members, students and parents visited other four-day districts. Superintendent John Wyrick said they found "higher teacher and student morale, better discipline, higher attendance rates and more time to spend with family."