Monroe City still debating four-day school week

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 9:20 pm

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- The Monroe City School District has yet to come to a decision about switching to a four-day school week as early as next academic year.

For the past few weeks, the Monroe City School Board has met to discuss whether to table the idea until further notice or drop Mondays as a school day. If the school moved to a four-day week, it would give teachers and staff more time for professional development, a necessary key to improving students' education, Superintendent Tracy Bottoms said.

The proposal has led to much community discussion. Advocates of the move point to less stress and more family time for students. People who oppose the idea primarily cite problems finding child care on Mondays and matching up transportation with Holy Rosary School, the Catholic school in Monroe City.

Bottoms said a community meeting about the subject will be scheduled at a future date.

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