Schools across the country are suffering financially. It's so bad in Kansas City's Lathrop School District that officials have decided the students will have off on Monday. Every Monday. Can you hear their shrieks of joy?
In a 4-2 vote, board members approved a Tuesday through Friday schedule starting next year. Because they're now on a four-day schedule, students will have an extra 45-minutes of class time each day.
"We've cut our textbooks, our supply budget. We've done all that," says Superintendent Dr. Chris Blackburn, who's hoping the change will save at least $120,000 by reducing payroll for cooks, custodians, and other staff.
"We're not cutting athletics," she continues. "We're not cutting programs. We're trying to leave their academic world pretty much as it is."
Even with the new schedule, students will still log the state's requirement of 1,044 class time hours. However, the superintendent remains grim about the district's financial woes. "It's not going to get better. It's only going to get worse."