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More than half of Colorado school districts adopt 4-day weeks to cut costs

About 74 percent of Colorado's 61 smallest districts operate on a four-day school schedule as a way to cut costs.
Credit: Austin Humphreys/The Coloradoan
Calvin Pearson and Grayson Ballou mold a plastic substitute that they made during Cub Care at Brantner Elementary School in Thornton on Monday, September 10, 2018.

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN — Sean Coulter stood at the front of a long lunch table in the cafeteria of Brantner Elementary School in Thornton. Dozens of little eyes stared back as he explained how the students would make plastic out of cornstarch. Students squealed in delight as they created colorful molds of stars, birds and more.

Coulter manages Brantner Elementary School's new Monday childcare program, adopted when the district switched from a traditional five-day week of classes to being open only four days each week.

Brighton School District 27J, which serves about 18,000 students including those at Brantner, is one of more than 100 Colorado public school districts operating under a four-day week in order to cut costs.

Though four-day weeks are most common in smaller, rural districts — about 74 percent of Colorado's 61 smallest districts operate on the schedule — Brighton is the largest, most urban district to move all its schools to a four-day week.

Read more at the Coloradoan: https://noconow.co/2NGt68B