Stanley County School Board won't consider 5-day school week

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FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Stanley County School Board won't consider returning to a conventional five-day school week, after being inundated with calls, emails and letters from opponents of the move.

The board in 2008 voted to go to a four-day school week. Returning to a five-day week was on the agenda for Monday's board meeting that drew more than 200 people, but board President Gary Johnson removed the item from consideration.

Johnson told the Capital Journal that his decision was based on "the overwhelming desire" in the community to leave the school calendar alone.

Parent Shane Kramme says the four-day week is beneficial in part because it allows more time for family and saves gas.

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