Homedale considers four-day week

Twice in 2013, voters in Southwest Idaho’s Homedale School District rejected supplemental school levies.

Tonight, Homedale trustees are poised to make a vote of their own — to decide whether to shift to a four-day school week.

The district began looking at the idea in November, three months after the second vote against a supplemental levy. A committee is recommending the move, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported Monday.

“Initially (the idea) was around finances, but then the committee found a lot of positive opportunities available for enrichment and professional development for staff,” Superintendent Rob Sauer told the Press-Tribune.

Citing a 2011 study, Sauer told the Press-Tribune that a schedule shift could save the district $40,000 to $70,000 per year. A year ago, voters had rejected levies that would have raised $968,200 over two years.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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