RATTAN, OK - With public schools across Oklahoma facing serious budget cuts, one Texoma town has adopted an unorthodox solution.
The Rattan school board voted 2-1 to go to a four-day school week this fall at Tuesday night's special meeting.
Rattan Public Schools Superintendent Bruce Lawless says with the state budget crisis, the measure should save Rattan Public Schools about $100,000 a year, and keep them from having to cut any programs or staff.
Lawless says the class day will have to be extended by about 35 to 40 minutes, but the school year will be shortened by about 20 to 24 days.
For parents who work five days a week, Lawless says Rattan schools will offer a Friday school service. He says teachers will supervise students throughout the day, and parents will pay a nominal fee.
Rattan serves approximately 500 students in Pushmataha County.