Marion School Board begins backing away from four-day week
As Pasco County school officials study the viability of a four-day school week, they might wish to take a closer look at the deliberations in nearby Marion County.
The School Board there took the plunge last year, committing to implement four-day weeks in 2012-13 as a cost-saving measure. Now, with the superintendent's savings projections under fire, Marion board members are signaling they might walk away from the concept.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that board member Jackie Porter has accused superintendent Jim Yancey of using "scare tactics" on the budget in order to secure support for the plan. Other board members have suggested that the district has ample reserves to avoid such a radical concept.
"Despite the discussion, School District officials said they are moving forward with four-day school week plans. If the board intends to change its mind, the district needs to know by March. That's when new schedules for 2012-13 are created."
Pasco's advisory committee is still studying the concept, including conducting an unscientific survey, with plans to have public town hall meetings in February. What would you tell them?