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MACCRAY to appeal phased end to four-day week

CLARA CITY — MACCRAY is planning to appeal a decision by the Commissioner of Education to phase out its four-day class schedule.

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The Department of Education approved a four-day week in MACCRAY for 2014-15 “as a transition year back to a traditional five-day calendar beginning in 2015-16,’’ Dr. Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of education, stated in a letter to the district dated May 6.

“Very disappointed,’’ said MACCRAY’s interim Superintendent Loren Hacker of reaction to the decision.

The district had applied for a three-year continuance of the four-day schedule.

MACCRAY was one of the first districts in the state to institute a four-day week schedule beginning in the 2008-09 school year.

It was initially proposed for its economic savings.

The four-day week has produced the savings as projected, but it’s the other advantages that led the district to apply for a three-year continuance, according to Hacker.

See tomorrow's print edition for more.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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