Warren County district adopts four-day school week schedule

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WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) _ A school district in eastern Missouri has voted to join a growing trend statewide and adopt a four-day week schedule.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Warren County School District will hold classes Tuesday through Friday during the 2019-2020 school year. The school day will be extended by 33 minutes and supervision for students will still be available on Mondays, with breakfast and lunch provided.

Superintendent Gregg Klinginsmith says the schedule change will help with teacher retention at the district 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of St. Louis. He says the district saw a 20 percent turnover rate last school year, with most teachers leaving for higher paying jobs nearby.

About 25 Missouri districts currently use four-day schedules, and the number is expected to increase to 35 next year.