Schools go to four-day school week, make lots of other cuts thanks to high fuel prices

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All of those reduced-fuel-use school buses (examples here and here) can't help some school systems continue on as normal in the current economy. Thanks to high fuel prices - among other reasons - the four-day "work" week that is gaining currency at businesses nationwide is spreading to at least 15 more school districts across the U.S., according to a new article by the AP. Last year, the AP says, around 100 districts dropped a day. For one school system highlighted in the article, cutting a day out of the school week (while making each class the rest of the week ten minutes longer) will save $65,000 in fuel costs (I'm guessing per year, but the AP doesn't say. With only 700 students, I can't imagine they're paying that much per week or month).

The article mentions other cost-saving methods that schools and parents are turning to this year. On transportation issues, the article mentions that field trips are being slashed while weekend athletic trips might be done through private car pools instead of school buses at some schools. At a school in Alabama, the daily buses to and from school will no longer stop at each house but at neighborhood stops instead (this makes a lot of sense) and at a school in California, high school students won't get to use the bus at all (not so sure about this one, from an environmental viewpoint).

[Source: AP]

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