Apache Junction School Board votes to explore plans for a 4 day school week

A Monday thru Friday school week could be a thing of the past in Apache Junction.

The district is one step closer to adopting a 4-day school week.

Other valley districts are also exploring 4-day weeks to try and save money.

Apache Junction's Superintendent said not only will the change save money, it will also help them attract better teachers.

"It's becoming harder and harder for us to retain and attract quality employees," said AJSD Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson.

Superintendent Wilson says the district needs to save money after a failed budget override. A Monday thru Thursday school week would draw more experienced teachers to the district.

"It's very difficult for us to be competitive in our salaries and our benefits. If you work in the Apache Junction School district you will on average make less than if you work in another," he said.

"I think it's going to hurt working parents, I think a lot of parents children are going to suffer with no where to go," said Janie Wagoner, a parent.

Wagoner isn't surprised parents who are against the idea of a 4 day school week did not go to the board meeting.

"In Apache Junction it's a lot of seniors, and a lot of non-voters, that's all I can say about it," she said.

"Well I am a stay at home mom, so it wouldn't be any different," said Rebecca Sanders.

Some parents would rather see a shorter week, fearful that the district could shut down some schools.

"My thought is they shouldn't be in the situation that they need to save money, I think it hurts education," she said.

The board says they are looking into whether they should keep one school open that offers a traditional 5 day school week.

They hope to have a final vote on the 4-day school week by mid-March.
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