The evaporation of federal stimulus funds and an increasing need for more dollars, have forced the Lexington R-V Board of Education to consider eliminating an entire school day each week.  Residents were asked to complete surveys regarding the possible adoption of a four-day school week.  The forms were returned and respondents overwhelmingly backed the plan. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Superintendent Brad McLaughlin:

Brad McLaughlin

Respondents had four other options for reducing the deficit: trimming the number of teachers, raising taxes, cutting back the transportation service area, and lopping athletics and other extracurricular activities.  Coming in at No. 2 was the idea of raising taxes.  According to McLaughlin, moving to a four-day school week would save the district more than $170,000.  “There’s a finite number of reductions that you can make before you start cutting into the core of what it is that you actually do and start impacting the education that you provide,” McLaughlin said.  The board is expected to make a decision on next year’s calendar and approve set of reductions in December.