Rattan Public Schools to go 4-day school week

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

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.

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  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    I stole a chair from my school once, well, like a desk chair thing. but after i got it home i realized the only purpose i had for it was doing my homework. i gave it away then.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    nice reply big blue.
  • by Conan Location: NYC on May 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    I had a rattan chair once. Maybe they could start selling them again to make some money for the school.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    You have teachers in ever school that are only teachers for June,July,& Aug I say get rid of them also! What did you do with your kids before they went to school? I agree sports are not everything but needed.Get ur kids into showing animals if you can. Rattan school show support!!! There should'nt be a click, but they are in ever school in the world.Rattan has the best school in Southeastern Oklahoma! I don't even live there and I know that!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    i grew up out in the country at a little ol 1a school and all the big bad sports heros of high school have grown up to be bad alcoholics. just can't take being a little fish in a big pond, they were too overglorified and couldn't cut it in the real world where nobody cares about that stuff. the bookworms on the other hand, are doing fabulous.
  • by BIg Blue Location: Durant on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:44 PM
    What really needs to happen is that we fund all of these school programs and get rid of all these affirmative action programs and special action grants all over the country, like the study of the sex life of a three legged African yellow toad. Our #1 focus right now should be on ALL kids (not just athletes)and their maturing and development and that includes education, sports, band, drama club, FFA, and others like this. Otherwise, the trend will continue and we will be lost. Sorry to offend, sometime I just like to pole a little fun. Make it about the kids is all I ask. They are our future.
  • by BIg Blue Location: Durant on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:36 PM
    Maybe I should not have come across as rough as I did, so I'm sorry if I offended anyone. My thought is that we as a country right now are losing the things that make us what we are. Pride in country, city, school and family is being lost. For me, sports has been a driver of that, obviously. I just do not want any of our kids losing out on high school memories that we have that were not made through reading, writing, or arithmetic. School is surely about education foremost, but it is also about making great friends and memories and when we make these cuts on everything, is not about the kids usually, it is about the adults. (Con't)
  • by RATTAN PARENT Location: RATTA on Apr 29, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    I think we should have got to vote on the deal. If they would get rid of some of those teacher that don't teach any thing, maybe they would have to money to "run the school". They should think about cutting some of their sports that all they think about is baseball softball basketball. What about kid who are not in the "click" and don't get to play "SPORTS". There is more to life then sports. But how many sports players have went on the make any out of their life. And what are people with little children and work, going to do with their kids on Fridays. Send them to school and have to pay for it. Stupid.
  • by Anonymous Location: Soper, Ok. on Apr 29, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    Look people you so need to be proud of your school in Rattan. What if your children had to go to school in Hugo, Soper, or Boswell? I know kids that go to all the schools Rattan is the best by far.Thank the good lord for your school, and that your children can go there!
  • by Donna Location: Grew up in Rattan on Apr 29, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    First of all. Bruce Lawless is a former teacher who is an extremely intelligent man, you can bet this was a thought out solution to the budget crisis that our state is currently in.. Have any of you people been seeing what is going on in other cities and towns in Ok or other states? Look at how many pareents would prefer their children go to Rattan to be educated instead of other places. Would you prefer that they lay off teachers. And for the person who said consolidate apparently you do not have any children in Rattan Public schools or you would not be suggesting that. Has anyone thought to ask what the nominal fee is? You can bet that was well thought out to and much consideration given to what a strapped family might afford. Has anyone got any better ideas that are realistic!!!!!
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