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.”