Burnsville weighs shorter school weeks as part of cost-saving plan

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA and MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 12, 2012 - 9:18 AM

Looking for savings, district may lengthen days, use four-day weeks.

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burnsvillainApr. 11, 1210:36 PM

I've got a better idea - how about we elect a new school board, one that knows how to be fiscally responsible and doesn't put themselves in a position where they feel obligated to pay exorbitant money to buy out employees?

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marketing guyApr. 11, 1210:36 PM

Maybe they shouldn't pay ex-human resource managers $254,000 to leave....

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truthtopowerApr. 11, 1210:46 PM

It bothers me that parents appear more concerned about where they will dump their kids off every other Monday versus are their children getting a decent education?

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mgmckeApr. 11, 1210:49 PM

Welcome to "Starve the Beast" Minnesota! When average metropolitan school districts have to resort to this type of "creative" solution, don't you think the anti-tax, anti-public good push has gone too far?!

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commish00Apr. 11, 1210:49 PM

Perhaps Burnsville's funding problems (as well as many other MN schools) could be mitigated by the state releasing the school funding that has been held back for years. Funds that have been held back so that our legislators can claim that they have balanced the state budget. That's before they decide to head home for the summer and campaign after possibly the least productive legislature session in history.

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rascal1234Apr. 11, 1210:52 PM

And if we go to 24 hour school days, we can cut out two-thirds of the days. Awesome! Apparently these school board members are products of the very same crumbling school system they are continuing to diminish.

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duluthfanApr. 11, 1211:13 PM

So we are consistently behind other countries in academic performance and we want to shorten the week? To save money? Why don't we NOT pay former administrative employees 250,000 dollars just to leave and instead invest more money in our students and their educators to put the US back in the place it belongs?

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camb24Apr. 11, 1211:28 PM

Great idea!!! Love it!!! More time to spend with family too.

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camb24Apr. 11, 1211:39 PM

Parents complaining about paying for daycare on the one day every other week......these are your children!!! It is not up to the school to babysit your child 24/7 and feed them three meals a day, THAT IS YOUR JOB!

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ammunraApr. 11, 1211:40 PM

"That's ridiculous if you work full time," said Joy Smetanka, who has three children in the district. "Every other Monday? I wouldn't do that." -- School is NOT day care. It is for education. You make it through summers just fine (presumably) so I expect you can make arrangments, even if it's inconvenient. That said, this problem probably wouldn't exist if politicians kept their grubby hands of money for education.

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