Tampa area school districts begin four-day weeks
If you need information about your local Tampa area school this summer, you'll have extra hours Monday through Thursday to get it. But forget about Fridays. The districts are closing down all but a few services as part of their efforts to save money.
Pinellas schools will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. four days a week through mid August. Only the voluntary pre-K and juvenile justice programs will remain open on Fridays, with a skeleton technology crew available to help in emergencies. "All employees are expected to adhere to the schedule," spokeswoman Andrea Zahn told the Gradebook, noting all security and utility systems will be set on weekend mode for Fridays.
Hillsborough schools will run from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Hernando schools will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for the week of July 4, when employees' regularly scheduled holiday will shift the district back to an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. day.
Pasco schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:37 p.m. (and not a minute longer). Last year, the district saved thousands of dollars just by running a four-day schedule for a month. It hopes to do better this year. "This is a money-saving opportunity," assistant superintendent Ray Gadd told the Gradebook. "We don't want people in the buildings" on Fridays.