Monday is not a school day in Peach County, Georgia, which moved to a four-day school week in the fall to save money. Several other Georgia districts may follow suit.
Peach County officials have estimated a savings of $313,000 in transportation and utilities costs, as well as fewer disciplinary actions and teacher absences as a result of the four-day week.
Pleasantville, Iowa plans to try a four-day week for three months next school year. The Tuesday through Friday schedule will be extended by 30 minutes a day throughout the year, making up for the 12 lost days.
School officials expect to carve out at least $24,000 from keeping thermostats low, buildings dark, buses parked and cafeteria ovens off for Mondays in January through March – the coldest months of the school year. The district’s operating budget is about $5 million.
Nearly one in seven school superintendents is considering a four-day week, according to a survey by the American Association of School Administrators.