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.