MELVERN/OLIVET/QUENEMO—The Marais des Cygnes Valley USD 456 Board of Education will host meetings next week to further discuss a proposed four-day school week with members of the district.
“We welcome everyone to come out and discuss the future of USD 456,” a notice from the district stated. “Plan to bring your questions and comments.”
The proposed four-day school week could begin as soon as next year. During the Jan. 11 board meeting, it was suggested the school day would be extended from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., instead of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and could be 11 fewer days. Potential district savings could amount to $29,000, or 1.5 mills to taxpayers.
Meetings will be held in each of the incorporated communities within the district at the following times:
• 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Olivet Community Center
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Melvern Community Center
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Quenemo Community Building
“We hope to see you at one of the meetings,” the flyer said.
The district did not declare the town halls as special meetings, and are not expecting to have a full quorum of board members.