Pasco board candidate comes out against four-day week
The four-day school week faces its do-or-die moment with the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday.
A task force, convened in September to examine the idea, will present its findings to the board during a workshop at which board members are expected to give the thumbs up or down whether to move forward. Parents already have given some input, which has generally been negative.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has come out against the proposal. But board members have largely held their tongues, saying they want to hear all the evidence collected before taking a stand.
Don Stephenson, who is challenging incumbent board chairwoman Joanne Hurley in this year's election, isn't waiting. He says the board should look for other ways to save money, and drop the four-day week as a possibility.
"We have methods of eliminating waste and controlling costs which don’t throw the educational experience for our students into chaos, and which also can keep us from returning to the well of our teachers to balance our books," he said in a release (attached below). "The time to start living within our means has arrived."
The School Board doesn't plan to hear from the public on the four-day week during its workshop. What issues do you think it should give most weight to when pondering the topic?