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HELENA - The Lincoln School Board is scheduled to vote next month on whether to implement a four-day school week beginning next fall.

School board member Bill Cyr says he was first interested in the idea because of the potential to save money on electricity, meals and transportation.

Cyr says a visit to Victor, which is in its third year of four-day school weeks, showed him academic improvement was also a positive effect. He says the school is also reporting fewer absences and overall increase in morale.

Ken Lumpkin, Lincoln school board chairman, said the decision would have to address the needs of students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

If the four-day school week is approved, students would attend classes from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. to still get in the required 1,080 hours of classroom time.

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