Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2011

Eudora continuing to use shorter school calendar to save money

March 24, 2011

Officials in Eudora public schools are continuing their plans to have longer school days in exchange for a shorter school calendar, all to save money.

Earlier this month, the district approved its academic calendar for 2011-12, a schedule similar to the one adopted for this year that cut the number of instruction days by 10.

By scheduling fewer days in school, the district was able to save $100,000 — a plan that will continue for the coming school year.

“Keeping the shortened calendar with fewer instructional days is a way that we can continue to conserve our limited financial resources,” said Don Grosdidier, district superintendent. “But in no way would I argue that cutting instructional days can have a positive effect on student learning. It’s simply one strategy — and one that doesn’t include cutting staff positions — to help us balance the budget.”

The Eudora calendar also includes two planned snow days: March 15 and April 9.

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