Rush City Schools Consider Four-Day Week
Rush City schools will hold the first of three public meetings on Monday to discuss switching to a four day week. According to the district’s website, the district is facing a $600,000-to-$700,000 deficit for the 2010-2011 school year due to declining enrollment and a possible decrease in state aid.
Rush City Superintendent Vern Koepp:
The District fund balances can sustain some deficit spending, but not at the previously mentioned levels. The 4-Day Week is one option the School Board is considering to reduce expenses and still maintain quality education opportunities for students.
Koepp says because of state guidelines, students will not lose time in the classroom. He says the initial plan for the four-day week is to add an extra 75-minutes on to each day.
Koepp says he has contacted North Branch Superintendent Deb Henton and other districts who are going to the four day week. North Branch School District decided in February to go with a four-day week next year.
The meeting on Monday is at 7:00 pm at the High School Theater. There will be two more meetings on Thursday, March 11th at 12 p.m. and Tuesday, March 16th at 7 p.m.