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One-third would change schools with four-day week, Pasco survey shows



An unscientific survey of Pasco County residents (we say unscientific because you could respond multiple times -- one person did so nine times) has revealed some interesting thoughts to consider as the School Board ponders whether to change its calendar so radically.

The preliminary results (attached below) indicate that:

  • A third of respondents would consider moving to a different school if the district adopted the proposed four-day school week
  • A majority believed that a four-day week would negatively affect the quality of their children's academic experience
  • Just over half would prefer Fridays off, if a four-day week were adopted. Less than one-fifth selected Mondays.

Overall, the responses were evenly split between those who strongly agreed with the concept and those who strongly opposed it.

During a forum Thursday night in Dade City, School Board member Steve Luikart said these results would be included in a lengthy report, which he would not detail, that will go to the full board in March. Although he repeated that a four-day week is not a done deal, he also called another possible option -- the elimination of 465 non-instructional positions -- unacceptable.

The four-day week task force plans to collect more public input at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rushe Middle School and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the River Ridge Performing Arts Center.

[Last modified: Friday, February 10, 2012 9:46am]


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