Letter to the Editor

Dear Sugar-Salem School Board,

I believe that patrons would support a four-day school week if it offered great financial savings or improved student achievement. Your own statement notes that neither outcome has occurred in other districts.

However, if you did not lengthen the four school days, but did lengthen the school year, we would see less summer regression and improved student achievement (well documented in other countries around the world).

I don’t know how many would support a shortened summer, even if students and employees enjoyed 3-day weekends throughout the school year. But, at least, then you would have a good reason for this massive change. Also, classified employees and child care costs wouldn’t be negatively affected.

Victoria Stoddard

Sugar City, ID