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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • 2 ND school districts shift to four-day weeks

  • The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has approved plans for two school districts to implement four-day school weeks in the coming academic year.
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  • The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has approved plans for two school districts to implement four-day school weeks in the coming academic year.
    The Dunseith Public School system said in its application to the state that declining funding from the Federal Impact Aid Program has forced officials to cut staff in recent years. Administrators say without a cost-saving four-day week they would need to make further cuts to balance their budget.
    The East Fairview elementary and junior high school have also been approved for shorter weeks. The goal is to mirror the four-day week at the high school, which is across the border in Fairview, Montana.
    Both schools say four-day weeks could increase attendance and allow for more development days for teachers. No other schools currently have four-day weeks.

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