Peoria school board pondering four-day week

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Many parents were angry about budget cuts to education forcing this kind of decision. (Source: 3TV) Many parents were angry about budget cuts to education forcing this kind of decision. (Source: 3TV)
PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Budget problems could mean more cuts at Valley schools with the Peoria school district now considering cutting one day of the school week.

The school board president told 3TV the district is in the hole about $3 million to $3.5 million thanks to big education cuts in the state's freshly signed budget.

Going to a four-day school week would save Peoria between $5 million and $8 million on a one-time basis. Most of the savings would come from reduced transportation and utilities costs with teacher pay staying the same.

Based on the district's research, just over 50 percent of parents oppose the four-day school week. Nearly 40 percent said they would consider taking their kids somewhere else.

The alternative is cutting programs, services and positions to save $3 million.

“No matter how you look at it, it's going to hurt in every direction,” said Matthew Bullock, Peoria school board president. “So do we go four days school week or do we make other cuts that affect other departments, other programs?”

The board heard comments from parents and teachers on Thursday night. More public comment is scheduled in two weeks, and a decision could come in a month.

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