Chattooga County's four-day school week is a hit

CHATTOOGA COUNTY SCHOOLS• 7 schools: One high school; one middle school; 4 elementary schools; one alternative school• About 2,660 students• About 180 teachersBENEFITSA four-day school week helped Chattooga County Schools save $796,000 annually:• $88,000 in substitute teacher pay• $221,000 in busing costs• $154,000 in power costs• $333,762 on salaries• Teacher absences decreased 28 percent• Kindergarten through eighth-grade student absences fell 32 percent from 2008-2011• Discipline write-ups for ninth- through 12th-grade students fell by 73 percent, from 1,344 to 375, from 2008 to 2011• Third, fifth and eighth graders improved test scores in reading, English/language arts, math and science from 2009 to 2011, according to the state Report Card.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. - In 2010, the Chattooga County School District adopted a four-day school week to save money.

Two years later, Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman has nothing but praise for the shorter school week.