"We've got to think outside of the box with furlough days," he said in the meeting after asking how much could be saved in transportation costs going to such a schedule.
Howard was told that school officials a few months ago conducted a study and determined one day's savings in transportation costs would be about $4,300.
Howard said he'll be looking at what other departments might save as well in being closed an extra day in the week. In such a schedule, students and workers would extend their four days on to make up for a fifth day off.
Howard said the idea would be to offset some of a state funding reduction that recently came with three more furlough days recommended by the governor's office. Those three days represent about $1.5 million and could be avoided if the school system could find the money elsewhere.
Howard said after today's meeting that he'd like to present the four-day school week idea at the board's next full meeting, adding "We need to get on it quick."
He said that if approved, the four-day week could serve as a test model for the rest of this school year and if proven successful could be used to save on costs next year, when even more state cuts are expected.