Apache Junction schools go 4 days

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix school district is responding to a projected budget shortfall by switching switch to a four-day school week in the fall.

 The Apache Junction Unified School District board’s 4-1 vote Tuesday night to close schools on Fridays while lengthening schools on Monday through Thursday each week follows a similar move by another financially strapped Pinal County district, Coolidge Unified.

Meanwhile, Peoria Unified on the other side of the metro area from Apache Junction is also considering a switch to a four-day week to save money.

Apache Junction board members said the decision was difficult and caused them to lose sleep.

Besides switching to a four-day school week, the Apache Junction district also plans to increase class sizes and close an elementary school to close its projected $2.7 million budget shortfall.

Source:  http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/briefs/article_162ecad6-c307-11e4-8755-279a42e64522.html

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