Kamiah considers a shift to a four-day schedule

The Kamiah School District might join the ever-growing list of Idaho schools on a four-day schedule.

Kamiah trustees discussed a possible move at their June 19 meeting, the Clearwater Progress reported.

And in an interview with Mary Stone of the Lewiston Tribune, retiring district Superintendent Fred Mercer said he has researched the idea.

In 2016-17, 44 school districts and 11 charter schools operated under a four-day calendar. Many districts and charters adopted the change during the Great Recession in hopes of saving money. But since much of a district’s budget goes to salaries and benefits, schools can achieve only modest savings by switching to a four-day schedule.

But while 93 Idaho school districts use a voter-approved supplemental property tax levy to backfill budgets, Kamiah is one of only 22 districts without a supplemental levy on the books.

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