Costs push Peach County schools to 4-day class week

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FORT VALLEY, Ga.— The Peach County school system is giving students three-day weekends, with Mondays off, to save money.

School board chairman Jody Usry says the four-day school weeks will last for as long as necessary.

Teachers will come to work on Mondays, but classes will not be held to save about $400,000 on utilities and transportation costs.

The move comes after Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that the state's 128,000 teachers are to take three unpaid furlough days, and that public school systems must slash their budgets by 3 percent.

Usry says Peach County employees will still take furlough days off, likely on three Mondays.

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soldout 07/25/09 - 08:05 am
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this makes good sense. If we

this makes good sense. If we are heading into a depression these type of moves may help.

melzbelz
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melzbelz 07/25/09 - 10:03 am
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Districts across the country

Districts across the country are moving to 4 day school weeks. It's a great move!

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NANF 07/25/09 - 10:45 am
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Just keep " dumbing down"

Just keep " dumbing down" with less and less class time. The next generation will be worse off than this one. Already kids can't read when they get pushed thru high school.

What did that Russian say about 40 years ago? " We will walk over America and never fire a shot ". That would certainly happen to a country that has offered so little education. God help us all.

lwilliams
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lwilliams 07/25/09 - 11:34 am
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Wow. This is where our

Wow. This is where our childrens' education is going.

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Dan White 07/25/09 - 12:11 pm
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Great idea whose time has

Great idea whose time has come. It beats raising taxes. It's time for government to slim down and get efficient. I've had to and they need to do the same.

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DeborahElliott2 07/25/09 - 12:28 pm
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Its called HOME SCHOOLING,

Its called HOME SCHOOLING, and it works just as good if not better too. It would help them save tons of money on transportation, if you go to Georgia Virtual Academy online, it is a public school system and its as if kids go to a real school, just online, and they get social activities when they go out for sports, or go to class events. Since its a public school system, they still get credit for attending as if they go to any school around here.Check out www.K12.com for more info, you would be really surprised at how the kids learn!

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The Ode 07/25/09 - 01:24 pm
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Heaven forbid parents

Heaven forbid parents actually have to take and active role in their children's lives and spend time educate their children themselves instead of expecting the taxpayer to continue to do it. Of course their is plenty of tax money to do anything and everything in "public" education twice over if federal, state, and local governments weren't so inept, wasteful, and corrupt.

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teacher02 07/25/09 - 02:19 pm
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Students are not losing class

Students are not losing class time in this program. They will extend each of the 4 school days and reduce lunch times/class changes to account for the missed class time on the 5th day. The limited data we have shows the 4 day schedule to at least maintain student performance, while other data indicates it actually improves it through reduced absenteeism.

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