GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County School District trustees have approved a proposal to adopt a four-day week next school year in Wright and at two rural county schools.
The measure was first brought to the school board in October at a meeting in Wright. The next step will be to seek approval from the Wyoming State Board of Education.
Cottonwood Elementary in Wright and Wright Junior-Senior High School will each adopt a four-day school week, along with Recluse School north of Gillette and 4-J School south of Gillette.
All four school principals were at Tuesday night’s meeting to speak in favor of the plan because of the number of students absent on Fridays because of sports, activities and family commitments.
While board chairwoman Anne Ochs said the move would “benefit the rural schools where kids miss a lot of seat time” on Fridays, she worried about students waiting in the dark for buses to pick them up or drop them off and how safe that is.
Trustees voted unanimously to approve the proposal.