On Monday night, the Harrisburg school board voted to change the district to a four-day school week.
In the fall, students will attend classes from Tuesday through Friday, with classes running from 8:05 a.m. until 3:47 p.m.— making school days close to eight hours.
By shortening the school week, the school district is projecting to save $75,000 per year.
The savings will come from transportation costs and shorter shifts for secretarial and janitorial workers.
The measure isn't without some detractors. One farmer, Troy Douglas, told the Missourian he was against the change because of the added daycare expense that comes with not having kids in school on Mondays.
Missouri lawmakers passed legislation allowing districts to reduce school days back in 2009. However, academic achievement may not drop for two consecutive years to sustain a four-day school week.
Would you prefer a four-day school week for your kids?