Tatum Going to Four Day School Week

TATUM, N.M. (AP) - Students in Tatum will be in class four days a week when school starts this fall.

Superintendent Buddy Little says the district made the decision to go to a Monday through Thursday schedule this spring, adding 37 minutes to each school day and dropping to a 158-day school year.

Little says studies have shown a four-day week does not hurt student achievement.  He also says the district can save between 2 percent and 5 percent of its overall budget because of lower utility costs and fewer school bus runs.

Little says it also could save gasoline costs for parents and students in the rural school district.