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Pasco's four-day week committee prepares for first meeting



Will four-day school weeks really save enough money to be a viable option for 2012-13?

The Pasco School Board's task force to investigate the concept is about to find out.

The panel, which still is lacking a final membership list, has scheduled its first meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 26 in the board's meeting room in Land O'Lakes. In advance of the session, the board today authorized the expenditure of $500 for printed materials. [NOTE: The date of the first meeting is in question, several district officials say. We will update you as soon as we get a settled date.]

The meeting will be open to the public, but comments will not be taken until hearings planned for some time in the winter. If you have ideas about the pros and cons of a four-day week, we'd love to hear them now. As it stands, in Florida only the Marion school district has approved such a calendar for next year, as a last resort if it needs to further cut its budget.

Most of the savings are expected to come out of transportation and salaries.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 2:09pm]


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