No Plans for Bay District to Go to 4 Day School Week

The Florida Association of School Superintendents is asking lawmakers to consider allowing school districts to go to a four day week to save money. Under the proposed bill, school days would be longer.

By closing the extra day, school districts would save money on electricity, support staff salaries and fuel for buses.

Bay District school officials have a committee studying the proposal, but don't have any plans to jump on the bandwagon.

"I’ve heard two different sides on it, like everything else. It would save a lot of money. It would save time. But then again you have all those elementary parents, what are they going to do with their kids? If you're closed Monday or Friday, what are they going to do with them? And can those kids stand 2 or 3 more hours a day in school? What about after-school activities? What about those kids that have jobs? There are so many other nightmares that come along with it that we want to find out how other people deal with it before we'd really implement something like that," said Bill Husfelt, Bay County School Superintendent.

Daytona Beach state senator Evelyn Lynn is sponsoring the bill. Commissioner of education Eric Smith is against it.

If it passes, school districts would have the option to adopt it, or ignore it.


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