By Drew Broach, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Avoyelles Parish’s C-graded public school system is the latest in the United States to switch to a four-day week, eliminating Monday classes. The School Board voted 7-2 on Tuesday (March 12) to make the change for the 2019-20 academic year, The Avoyelles Journal reports.
Advocates say four-day school weeks can save money and help recruit and retain certified teachers. “I had a teacher from Pineville High School [in Rapides Parish] call me today and say, ‘If your four-day work week passes, give me a call,’” Avoyelles High Principal Michael Rachal was quoted as saying by KALB television.
More than 500 U.S. school systems have switched to four-day weeks, with some in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico and South Dakota making up the vanguard, according to a June report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Many drop Fridays and lengthen Monday-Thursday instruction time. Research into the effect on academic performance has been mixed.
Jefferson Parish closing three schools, expanding nine to K-8 model
Supporters say it improves attendance, performance of 6th, 7th, 8th graders
The Avoyelles superintendent, Blaine Dauzat, previously worked in the B-graded Caldwell Parish School System, which already operates on a four-day week. In addition to Avoyelles, the C-graded Natchitoches Parish School System this year considered a four-day week but dropped the idea Thursday, the Natchitoches Parish Journal reports.
Re-Published with permission from NOLA.com
Updated Mar 15, 2019; Posted Mar 15, 2019
Original Story: Click Here
Posted with permission from KALB-TV, Channel 5
Avoyelles School Board meeting