IRENE, S.D. (AP) — When the nearly 300 students in one South Dakota school district went back to school this week, a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines were awaiting them. But one thing is missing: Friday classes.
The Irene-Wakonda district is among the latest in a wave of schools going to four-day weeks to save money amid state budget cuts. Superintendent Larry Johnke (JOHN'-kee) says he expects to save $50,000, enough to keep a vocational education program from being scrapped.
The schools say there's no drop-off in educational achievement, but some parents are concerned.
Experts say there's no good research yet on the four-day week. But they point out that it runs counter to another education trend — lengthening the school year.