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Pasco School Board approves four-day week study group



Last week, Pasco School Board member Steve Luikart proposed creating a committee to investigate the costs and benefits of moving to a four-day school week in 2012-13.

The board this evening gave the thumbs up to creating a task force, rather than a committee, to explore the idea.

"Committees are something that are ongoing," board member Cynthia Armstrong said. "This is really for the purpose of investigating one issue."

Board members said they would provide names of parents to serve from their districts, to ensure broad geographic representation. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino suggested including a member of her finance team, which was not part of the original proposal. She also said she would recommend administrators to serve.

Chairwoman Joanne Hurley noted that the issue raises many questions. She mentioned comments earlier in the meeting by Land O'Lakes High teacher Robert Marsh, who cautioned that the district might lose students whose parents do not want to lose the child care aspect of five-day weeks.

She told Luikart he has his marching orders to get started. Luikart said he hoped to have recommendations to the board by March.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:44pm]


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