Brandon over at ChronicleWest shares the little tidbit that our hometown schools are facing a 4-day school week. I’d like to write a more coherent, thought-out companion to his entry, but words are failing me at this point. The state legislature spent time futzing around with the same-sex marriage “issue” while this is going on? Unreal.
Oh, don’t worry. They’ll still go to class the same number of hours, just over fewer days. Does anyone really believe that results are directly proportional only to the number of classroom hours? Does anyone remember how attentive they were come last period? Of a school day of traditional duration, no less?
But it’ll save money on fuel! I’m not convinced. Sure, you’re spending less on school bus fuel and maintenance up front. But you’ll spend more on things like lighting, heating, and cooling. Might want to examine the effects the later and/or earlier hours will have on traffic accidents, too.
Classroom hours would likely be reduced for student-athletes, who would now have to leave before school ends even more often to make their games.
If the Soda trustees (and their colleagues in Grace and North Gem) really want to consider ways to save money long-term, how about trimming some of the fat in the administration and merge the three school districts together? Build a modern, energy-efficient high school instead of the three currently in use, the newest of which is at best 35 years old?
No, wait. That might be a thoughtful approach! Worse, it would require us to lose control of some of our little kingdom.
(I wish I felt I was less on the mark with this than I do….)