Stewart County schools are beginning a second full week of school on a new schedule: a 4-day school week. Despite initial concerns from parents, the school year is off to a good start.
When the Stewart County School Board approved the plan for a four day school week, opponents worried about kids in Georgia’s poorest county missing a day of free meals at school—and the expense of childcare for parents.
But supporters pushed for the Tuesday through Friday schedule after Chattooga County schools saved nearly 800 thousand dollars last year by implementing a 4 day week.
Stewart County Superintendant Floyd Fort says he’ll be filling activity gaps on Mondays with some new state funding:
We’ve got a school improvement grant, where we will be providing additional activities on Monday’s throughout the year, we haven’t started that but we will be doing that throughout the year.
Faith-based organizations in the Southwest Georgia County are also helping out by providing meals and daycare on Mondays for students in need.