Peoria Unified School District Still Considering Four-Day Week

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:38pm
(Photo by Alexandra Olgin - KJZZ)
Parents, teachers, students at the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board meeting.

Teachers, students and legislators all spoke about school funding at Thursday night’s Peoria Unified School District’s board meeting. The district is considering going to a four-day school week.

Several Republican legislators defended the budget at the school board meeting, claiming it increased money to schools. The Peoria Unified School District is still facing a $1.7 million shortfall for next school year.

Many teachers support moving to a four-day school week because it would allow for a small salary raise. Teacher Curtis Aylward said teachers aren’t making enough to sustain a family.

Aylward, who said he has many relatives who have worked decades in Valley school districts, said it's hard to explain the financial constraints to his three children.

“I’d like to, but I can’t in good conscious tell them that we are going to be able to be there to buy them a car ... after 24 years of teaching," he said.

The district is still exploring a four-day week, which is expected to save $3.9 million next year. The board also voted to outsource custodial work to save $500,000.