More input sought on KUSD's four-day school week idea

Laurie Voss Barthlow

Laurie Voss Barthlow

KINGMAN - A push for a four-day school week was met with mixed results last Wednesday when the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board held a town hall at La Senita Elementary School, which now is a daycare.

Board member Laurie Voss Barthlow said a number of parents, teachers and other school employees spoke, with more in favor of the shorter school week than opposed, though the numbers - nine in favor and six opposed - might not reflect the community's attitude toward the change.

Barthlow said a number of speakers were personnel, such as bus drivers and other non-faculty employees, who were worried about losing hours, and thus benefits, but she said there might be a way to avoid that problem.

Also, three of the nine who spoke in favor of a four-day week were teachers.

There are a number of concerns for parents of children in the district.

Can elementary school students be expected to maintain their focus for an extra hour each day? Will they be allowed to eat a snack in the afternoon? What about parents who pay for childcare?

Barthlow also said the hours each school in the district will hold classes are "all over the board," with high school students being impacted far less than younger students.

There will be another town hall and open house at the district office, 3033 McDonald Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"Come one, come all," said Barthlow. "We really need to hear what the concerns are."