Monday, August 31, 2009
Officials of the Deerfield school district are considering switching to a four-day school week, beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.
A committee representing Deerfield USD 216 will travel to four districts similar in size and demographics that are already using a four-day school week. The schools are in Ashland, Weskan, Brewster and Holly, Colo.
Superintendent Jon Ansley says closing the schools one day a week would save money at a time when the state is cutting aid to public schools. He estimates the district could save between $40,000 and $50,000 with a four-day week.
A community meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28 and the committee is expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Education in October.