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Four-day school week isn't likely here

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

September 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Jones County school system in middle Georgia is considering reducing the school week from five days to four because of fuel costs and budget cuts.

Even with budget woes, however, that's not likely to happen here in Dougherty County.

The business director for Dougherty schools says a four day school week would hurt education and likely wouldn't bring any big savings to the school system.

He says students can only learn so much at one time, and ten hours of class time in a day would drain students and staff.

"At this point, it's not even on our radar to go to a four day work week for schools," says DCSS Business Director Robert Lloyd.

Jones County school leaders estimate that a four-day week would save about a quarter of a million dollars a year. They've not voted to implement the change.

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