Busing costs high, Massachusetts district considers four-day week

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

It is an idea that would disrupt parents’ lives, delight students and teachers, and even save taxpayers money: a four-day school week.

In Western Massachusetts, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is exploring the approach, hoping to save the money it costs to ship students across a district that encompasses 250 square miles, more than five times the size of Boston.

Superintendent Michael Buoniconti estimates the shorter week could save about $400,000 annually, much of it in transportation costs. A bus ride to school can take longer than an hour.

“That’s big money for a district like Mohawk,” said Buoniconti. “Because of that potential, I think it’s worth taking a look at it.”

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