Editor’s note: After this story went to press, we received an email from the school district with cost saving estimates. Officials estimate USD 231 will save approximately $11,000 in transportation costs and $7,900 in wages by cutting the school calendar short by one-half day.
Shaving a calendar day off the school year will result in significant savings for USD 231, but school officials said it would take considerable time to calculate how much the district might save.
However, Leann Northway, school communications director, said significant savings will likely be gleaned by not having to transport students to and from school.
Officials said creating an estimate would require the work of several departments including payroll, transportation and food service. To obtain an estimated savings a Kansas Open Request would need to be submitted, and a fee would be charged to determine estimated savings.
School board members agreed to end school a day early during a school board meeting last week, because of the unseasonably warm winter that required no snow days.
Although the approved calendar for the 2011-2012 school year said the district’s last day would be on May 22 if no snow days were used, the district met the state requirements for attendance hours and will shutter for the year on May 21.