Gulf County discusses shortened school week

Gulf County School Superintendent Tim Wilder hit the road again Wednesday night to talk to parents about his 4-day school week proposal.

Wilder began the town hall meeting at Wewahitchka High School, with a power point presentation explaining the district budget problems.

He discussed the pro's and con's of going to a Tuesday through Friday school week. The biggest advantage would be an estimated 400-thousand dollar annual savings. This could help offset a 2-point-3 million dollar shortfall the Gulf County schools are expecting next year.

As for the disadvantages, Wilder heard plenty of those when he opened to floor for comments. "You're right. I might not be able to afford the $100 dollars a week or whatever on child care. That's just the way it is."

Jamila Mayhan, Gulf Co. Resident, wasn’t happy with the idea. "I think in the long run it's more detrimental to our children. We're already at the bare bones. We're already cutting everything that we can possibly cut. We have to prepare our kids for the future."

Supt. Tim Wilder says whatever he does its not going to be popular. "It's tough. Any kind of change is tough. Any time you start talking about instruction hours being cut over the overhaul and the long run and daycare being an issue... It's tough. Nothing is easy about this."

Without the 4-day school week, Wilder says the district will have to make cuts in other areas. The school board is expected to consider the plan next week.

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