School District Adopts 4-Day School Week

School District Adopts 4-Day School Week

There are 28 comments on the WCSH-TV Portland story from May 15, 2008, titled School District Adopts 4-Day School Week. In it, WCSH-TV Portland reports that:

“If it doesn't work you can always go back to five days.”

The district estimates it would save about $100,000 a year in costs for busing, heating, substitute teachers, and school lunches. via WCSH-TV Portland

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Nancy Parker

Naples, FL

#1 Jun 13, 2008
It is time to make the 4 day school week a reality in the USA now. How do we get a survey out to show that people support this effort?
DILF

Huntington, NY

#2 Jun 13, 2008
Only $100,000 a year is saved? That's B.S!!!!

What percent to total of the total cost does that represent? I bet it's minute. That is a joke.

Now, what are parents going to do with their kid on the 5th day(the off day)? Parents usually work monday thru friday, now they have to find daycare or someone to watch thier kid.

I could understand doing this if it would save about 10% or more of total costs.....but $100,000? Come on, that is NOTHING!!!
DILF

Huntington, NY

#3 Jun 13, 2008
Oh, and another thing......

I bet teachers salaries are NOT reduced due to working one less day right? Wow.....summers off AND 4-day work weeks!!! Gotta love that job!!!!
joann in pa

Glenside, PA

#4 Jun 13, 2008
I couldn't bring the article up. are they going longer hrs on those 4 days? and yes this is going to create problems for the parents

“I know where you are,”

Since: Jun 08

Right here under my thumb

#5 Jun 13, 2008
DILF wrote:
Oh, and another thing......
I bet teachers salaries are NOT reduced due to working one less day right? Wow.....summers off AND 4-day work weeks!!! Gotta love that job!!!!
Bbbbbuuuuttttt...aren't teachers underpaid to begin with?

Since: Oct 07

San Jose, CA

#6 Jun 13, 2008
I can't get the article up either. Longer hours for students? They all have ADD anyway, that won't work.

What about the working families (like me)? WTH are they supposed to do? They are going to be paying way more than 100K in clildcare. Who made this decision, the local child care?
MeanandNasty

United States

#7 Jun 13, 2008
They did that this year for the high school, here, but not the elementary. It worked well. DILF posted a good point. What would elementary school parents do for daycare for Fridays?
Kristen

Stamford, CT

#8 Jun 28, 2008
I see this problem being addressed here in NY now. The problems that would arise here, with the increasing decline in our economy would be:
- Child Care, the already pressing expenses on families for child care after school is enough, now they would have to have child care for fridays also.
- Crime, although in some areas, this isn't an issue, but this is NY. It isn't a big reason to stop re-thinking the idea, but it does make you think twice.
- Decline in work, the economy stinks already, now with setting back work for many, how is that a plus?
- And Lastly, The students. They would get one less day a week in school, less time to learn, and more down time. Where does this benefit the future of our country? They are going to be getting less hours in the classrooms, less time with positive influence, and more down time to themselves. With the growing problem with employment, and steady rise of gas prices, how is this good for American Families?

Think long and hard about that, and then tell me this is a grand idea.

Since: Mar 08

Decatur, GA

#9 Jun 28, 2008
milwaukee69 wrote:
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Bbbbbuuuuttttt...aren't teachers underpaid to begin with?
are you jokeing? they make more in 10 months than i ever made in 12.not to mention the students do the work. teachers just hand out work.

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#10 Jun 28, 2008
Only if a 4-day work week is also adopted.

“I know where you are,”

Since: Jun 08

Right here under my thumb

#11 Jul 3, 2008
recks wrote:
<quoted text>are you jokeing? they make more in 10 months than i ever made in 12.not to mention the students do the work. teachers just hand out work.
I guess it all depends on how much you make in 12 months. All I said was, aren't teachers underpaid to begin with - I wasn't comparing their salary to your's.
CoCo25

Myrtle Beach, SC

#13 Jul 3, 2008
The comments on here are so ridiculous that I almost passed out from the ignorance. I am a teacher and I am underpaid. I make a salary that is divided by 12 months just like everyone else. However, with my salary I have to buy everything. In other professions, you receive office supplies. Well, teachers don't. We buy everything- staples, tape, copy paper, glue, printer ink, notebook paper, etc. If your kids con't bring pencils, notebooks, etc. I have to supply it and that adds up everyday over 180 days. The only thing the school supplies isthe room, textbooks, and desks. Don't beleive it, call your local school. Right now, I am off for the summer but what people don't realize is that a summer off means: meetings with other teachers, planning lessons for the upcoming year, studying the material that will be taught, learning to use new textbooks, etc., calling to plan field trips b/c if you wait until school starts they will already be booked up, making home visits, etc. The list of tasks is endless. As for people who don't know what they would do with their kids if the schools went to a 4 day work week- They are your kids-figure it out

“I know where you are,”

Since: Jun 08

Right here under my thumb

#14 Jul 3, 2008
CoCo25 wrote:
The comments on here are so ridiculous that I almost passed out from the ignorance. I am a teacher and I am underpaid. I make a salary that is divided by 12 months just like everyone else. However, with my salary I have to buy everything. In other professions, you receive office supplies. Well, teachers don't. We buy everything- staples, tape, copy paper, glue, printer ink, notebook paper, etc. If your kids con't bring pencils, notebooks, etc. I have to supply it and that adds up everyday over 180 days. The only thing the school supplies isthe room, textbooks, and desks. Don't beleive it, call your local school. Right now, I am off for the summer but what people don't realize is that a summer off means: meetings with other teachers, planning lessons for the upcoming year, studying the material that will be taught, learning to use new textbooks, etc., calling to plan field trips b/c if you wait until school starts they will already be booked up, making home visits, etc. The list of tasks is endless. As for people who don't know what they would do with their kids if the schools went to a 4 day work week- They are your kids-figure it out
Thank you for supporting my comments - btw, here in Coweta County, GA - they give parents a list of teacher supplies to buy before school starts each fall...not a bad idea.

Zach_Z

Since: Jun 08

Flint, TX

#15 Jul 3, 2008
recks wrote:
<quoted text>teachers just hand out work.
In that case I feel for you, you are sending your kids to the wrong school.
Dist Adopts 4-Day Wk

Acworth, GA

#16 Jul 3, 2008
DILF wrote:
Only $100,000 a year is saved? That's B.S!!!!
What percent to total of the total cost does that represent? I bet it's minute. That is a joke.
Now, what are parents going to do with their kid on the 5th day(the off day)? Parents usually work monday thru friday, now they have to find daycare or someone to watch thier kid.
I could understand doing this if it would save about 10% or more of total costs.....but
$100,000? Come on, that is NOTHING!!!
Pros:
1. It should save 20% of transportation cost...one less day of transporting students.
2. Utilities should be reduced...SSM or FSS air/heat requirements reduced.
3. Cost to teachers and staff for transportation reduced.
Cons:
1. Childcare for students for the "down day". Parental burden both for safety and expense.
2. Increase of hours on the four days of instruction for one to two hours...how would this effect both student and teacher performance? Most teachers receive a "planning period" which is a mental break from active student involvement. What kind of "break" would the students receive?
Anyone who thinks teachers' pay is too high, I question why you are not in the profession! If anything, most teachers are far underpaid for the responsibility, work and expectations of their performance by parents, administration and community!
There comes a time when the economics of our country call for us to look at alternative ways to save money for our public service entities. Maybe a four day work week for everyone could temporarily aide everyone, just like we "save" time by switching to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME in the summer to allow folks longer time in the evenings.
DILF

Huntington, NY

#17 Jul 14, 2008
CoCo25 wrote:
The comments on here are so ridiculous that I almost passed out from the ignorance. I am a teacher and I am underpaid. I make a salary that is divided by 12 months just like everyone else. However, with my salary I have to buy everything. In other professions, you receive office supplies. Well, teachers don't. We buy everything- staples, tape, copy paper, glue, printer ink, notebook paper, etc. If your kids con't bring pencils, notebooks, etc. I have to supply it and that adds up everyday over 180 days. The only thing the school supplies isthe room, textbooks, and desks. Don't beleive it, call your local school. Right now, I am off for the summer but what people don't realize is that a summer off means: meetings with other teachers, planning lessons for the upcoming year, studying the material that will be taught, learning to use new textbooks, etc., calling to plan field trips b/c if you wait until school starts they will already be booked up, making home visits, etc. The list of tasks is endless. As for people who don't know what they would do with their kids if the schools went to a 4 day work week- They are your kids-figure it out
They may be underpaid in Georgia, but they sure aren't on Long Island New York...... You know how I know? My wife is a teacher.....and I can tell you that she DOES NOT buy materials foir her kids or classroom. And in the summer SHE DOES NOT have meetings with other teachers to discusss ANYTHING abvout school, she is fully ON VACATION. And, she makes almost $90k a year.....and she teaches elementary!!!!

On Long Island Teachers ARE overpaid.....but then again our kids get a damn good education, arguably better than most other states......
teacher

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Jul 28, 2008
milwaukee69 wrote:
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Bbbbbuuuuttttt...aren't teachers underpaid to begin with?
Not too mention that we would still work the same number of HOURS per week. Did this guy think before he commented on our salaries?!
teacher

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Jul 28, 2008
DILF wrote:
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They may be underpaid in Georgia, but they sure aren't on Long Island New York...... You know how I know? My wife is a teacher.....and I can tell you that she DOES NOT buy materials foir her kids or classroom. And in the summer SHE DOES NOT have meetings with other teachers to discusss ANYTHING abvout school, she is fully ON VACATION. And, she makes almost $90k a year.....and she teaches elementary!!!!
On Long Island Teachers ARE overpaid.....but then again our kids get a damn good education, arguably better than most other states......
How long has she been teaching? We make over $90K a year too, but that is after almost 20 years of service! Most of us have earned it by then.
Cost of living is different in NY as well.
DILF

Huntington, NY

#20 Jul 29, 2008
teacher wrote:
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How long has she been teaching? We make over $90K a year too, but that is after almost 20 years of service! Most of us have earned it by then.
Cost of living is different in NY as well.
She has been teaching 12 years........
parent in mn

United States

#21 Aug 9, 2008
Perhaps if they have a longer school day, parents would not have to pay an hour or so of day care 5 days a week. This may offset some of the increase from the extra day of day care.

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