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Four day school week proposed as money saver

By Chuck Weber email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX)-Your children's schools are already taking a hit from tight budgets. And the dismal economy likely means even more belt-tightening lies ahead. Could a four-day school week provide a possible solution?

A bill just filed in the state legislature would give school districts the option of switching to a four-day week, as a way to cope with shrinking budgets.

Are students and parents ready for longer, but fewer, school days and three-day weekends?

"Personally I would be excited about that," said Ann Wark, principal at Howell Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens. "I think it makes a lot of sense. I know we do it during the summer sessions and the district has reported to us that they have saved quite a bit of money."

Wark believes a four-day week could be accomplished with no sacrifice to education. But Wark acknowledges there would be major adjustments, and it just may not work for many parents.

"I'm pretty sure the kids would love it," said Deon King, who has an eighth grade daughter at Watkins Middle. "For the parents, I'm not quite sure if that would work. What do you with that child in the day when the parent not going to be home?

Ebony Smith, parent of both a middle school and elementary school student, worried about finding time for her kids' homework and social activities. Smith said, "You take five days of learning in regular classes, and advanced classes, and you scrunch that into four days, he'll be lost. I don't want to do that."

The state legislature convenes next month.

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