HOMEDALE -- After two failed levies in Homedale, the school district says it s ready for a major change to save money. Their proposal is switching to a four-day school week.

At Monday night's meeting, school board members decided to adopt the four-day school week for the 2014-2015 school year.

Homedale Superintendent Bob Sauer says they started looking into four-day week option back in November.

They formed a 17-person committee to research the pros and cons and talk to other districts that had made the switch.

A week ago, that committee recommended going to a four-day school week, but not everyone is on board.

Homedale schools could be empty an extra day each week, that's if the five school board members decide to switch the district to a four-day week. Some parents say it's exactly what the schools need to save money.

But others are unsure of how the change would affect some school employees.

The school district estimates it would save $40,000 to $70,000 a year. That would be a big boost to a district where two levies failed in 2013 and 20 percent of the staff has been cut in recent years.

Sauer says the district did its homework by forming a committee to look into the switch, sending out surveys to parents and teachers, and talking with nearby districts that have moved to four-day weeks.

Sauer says students will still get the exact same amount of time in the classroom, with each day extended about an hour and 15 minutes.

He says most of the feedback has been positive. But some aren't convinced.

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