A four day school week has been approved for the first time in North Dakota.
Funding cuts caused the Dunseith School District to cut four staff positions and consolidate a bus route last year.
In the coming school year, Dunseith Schools are taking a new route.
Jennifer Kleen tells us, while saving money and jobs, Dunseith is ready to make history for North Dakota.
(Pat Brenden, Superintendent Dunseith Public Schools) "We're kind of the guinea pig, I guess. I was told this is history for North Dakota. But if it's good or bad, time will tell."
Dunseith Public Schools are moving to a four day school week.
It's been said that time is money.
But after doing the math, students will be getting more contact time with teachers on a compact schedule.
(Pat Brenden, Superintendent Dunseith Public Schools) "It's huge when you actually look at all the numbers. The total budget amount, we're hoping it's two percent. Which doesn't sound like a lot but when you're talking about $200,000, that's quite a few jobs."
Dunseith Schools are heavily funded by the Federal Impact Aid Program, dollars related to how many students live on tax-exempt trust land.
As cuts were made during sequestration, the district turned to the community for support.
(Pat Brenden, Superintendent Dunseith Public Schools) "We had 95 percent support, which was great. It was great to see the community get behind it."
Classes will be in session Monday through Thursday from about 8-4.
The state requires 175 contact days.
Dunseith will be at 150 days, but Brenden says if you factor it into hours, the 420 Dunseith students will be in class about 13 hours more than the rest of the state.
(Pat Brenden, Superintendent Dunseith Public Schools) "The biggest savings that we're going to have will be in busing of course. Another things that came up partly through this will be the savings on substitute teachers."
The 40 hour work week will be covered by asking staff to work every other Friday, which will provide for 17 professional development days.
(Pat Brenden, Superintendent Dunseith Public Schools) "I'm looking forward to it. But yet I'm nervous about it because everybody is watching. Is it going to work? I believe it will. Is it going to work the way we want? Time will tell."
The date is set.
The four day school week is making North Dakota history, optimizing time, to save money.
In Dunseith, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.
School starts in Dunseith on Monday.