NORTH BRANCH, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota districts that shaved a day off their weekly calendar to save money are returning to five day weeks in the fall.
North Branch is voluntarily adding back the day after a financial crisis has eased. Two others — Onamia and Clearbrook-Gonvick — have no choice but to shift back to five days after having applications to renew their four-day schedule denied by the state Education Department.
The Star Tribune reported Tuesday (http://strib.mn/1ji3ZPx ) that many of the 11 school districts that gave students three days off for every four days in the classroom will be back to a traditional schedule by the 2015-16 school year.
In North Branch, the shorter week helped save about $250,000 a year. But students were in school for longer days.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com