ARDMORE, Okla. -- As students all across Texoma are now back in school, education and the economy take center stage. High gas prices are a problem that every school district faces. For one small Carter County school, that talk has led to real action. Robin Beal reports from Ardmore on the scheduling solution of that school.
If you have never heard of the Ardmore Adventist Academy, it is a small campus north of Ardmore with a "country schoolhouse" atmosphere. They manage to stay under the radar for the most part, with few of the problems big city schools face.
But one problem they could not escape is sky high gas prices. So now, they only go to school four days a week. With some staff and students having 20 or 30 minute drives one way, cutting out two trips a week can add up.
Principal Stephen Dennis says the benefits of a four-day week are helpful to parents in tough economic times.
"I find the parents find especially now of course with the way the gas prices are right now, saves a lot of money. And I know the public school systems that do this in other parts of the country they're busing out, like for the country schools and the consolidated type situations, that really saves a lot of money."
Dennis says the second benefit is more class time. The kids attend school from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, so he has more time to concentrate on the complex subjects in one sitting.
Even though the Ardmore Adventist Academy is too small to have a fleet of school buses, the potential savings have the ones who are doing the driving—the parents—excited.