Rising Prices = Shorter School Weeks?

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Because of high gas prices, school officials in Arkansas have come up with a unique plan to save district money.

Schools in western Arkansas could cut classes down to a four days a week.

One superintendent says that could reduce rising costs by 10 to 15 percent.

"All the products we purchase for the schools have increased dramatically from insurance to vegetables served in the cafeteria," Mansfield Superintendent Jim Hattabaugh said.

But changing to a four-day school week would make those days longer, and could cause child care issues for many working parents on the fifth day.

The four-day plan has been successful in other states.

Arkansas officials hope to have their research completed soon.

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