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On Nov. 23, the District 202 School Board will vote a proposal to operate on a four-day work week, starting in 2010, from the beginning of summer school until teachers and staff return in the fall, in order to save money and reduce the District’s carbon footprint.

Chief Financial Officer Williams Stafford said the District could save up to $120,000 through a reduction in energy costs and more productive use of maintenance personnel time. Summer School Director Chala Holland said a reduced summer school week could result in a decrease in absenteeism and discipline problems, increased focus on learning and maintained academic performance.

Mr. Stafford said at-risk students attending summer school might also benefit, because the longer day would include a lunch period.