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School year brings end to districts' 4-day weeks

June 10, 2014
Associated Press

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 ( ) 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,



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