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Suffolk school officials consider 4-day week

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Rising fuel, food and energy costs are leading Suffolk officials to consider a four-day school week.
The 14,000-student school system would the only one in Virginia to go to the four-day schedule, although several others have considered it. About 100 out of the 15,000 school systems nationwide have made the switch.
Virginia Department of Education spokesman Charles Pyle says the department’s main concern would be making sure schools meet the 990 hours of instruction time required each school year.
Officials at Webster County Schools district in Kentucky say they have saved at least $259,000 a year since converting to a Tuesday-to-Friday school week in 2003.
The Suffolk School Board will take on the issue at a fall work session.

Suffolk school officials consider 4-day week

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Rising fuel, food and energy costs are leading Suffolk officials to consider a four-day school week.
The 14,000-student school system would the only one in Virginia to go to the four-day schedule, although several others have considered it. About 100 out of the 15,000 school systems nationwide have made the switch.
Virginia Department of Education spokesman Charles Pyle says the department’s main concern would be making sure schools meet the 990 hours of instruction time required each school year.
Officials at Webster County Schools district in Kentucky say they have saved at least $259,000 a year since converting to a Tuesday-to-Friday school week in 2003.
The Suffolk School Board will take on the issue at a fall work session.