Lake Superior School District could soon be back to five day school week

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM CDT

Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- For the last five years, the Lake Superior School District has adopted a four day school week to save money. Students and teachers now have Fridays off in an effort to avoid cutting teachers and programs. So far, the four day week has been successful.

"Our attendance has gone up as I've shared, one of the other areas that we've done well is closing the achievement gap," said Minnesota Department of Education is strongly recommending the district go back to a five day week, which could put the district in financial trouble.Superintendent Bill Crandall.

Crandall says the model has saved the school district $250,000 a year. The district is the second largest geographically in the state, and most of the savings are in transportation. But now the

"If we went back to the five day week what would take place is the fact that we have been saving two hundred twenty five thousand dollars and we would have to find some place in our budget, where would that come from?" said Crandall.

Amy Tokwam,a language arts teacher at Two Harbors High School sees the pros to a four day week and hopes it sticks around.

"I have some extra time to plan, and take care of some extra stuff I didn't get to during the week," said Tokwam.

Tokwam is also a parent and says it gives kids more time to be kids. She says the kids and teachers come to school more energized and refreshed on Monday.

"I like the time as a parent and both as a teacher giving the children some time to kind of recoup," said Tokwam.

Superintendent Crandall says he believes the decision to have a four or five day school week should be left up to the community and what works for them.

The Lake Superior School District will know in May whether they will bre required to switch back to a five day school week.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@Kbjr.com