NBAPS seeking feedback on four-day week

In order to make a more informed decision about whether or not the current four-day week at North Branch Area Public Schools is working well for parents and students, the school board Thursday decided to survey residents of District 138. 

After a roundabout discussion about the specifics of a survey, the board decided it should contact Don Lifto, a client representative with Springsted, a public sector advising company, to perform the survey.

The survey would include 300 randomly generated calls to residents in the district, and there would also be a Web component, so people could go online and answer a list of 17 questions about the four-day week.

Superintendent Deb Henton noted the board should have the results of the survey by its February work session.

“We need to make a decision about the four-day week fairly soon,” she said. Not this month, but as soon as (the board gets) the survey results back.”

She added, “If we can have a decision by the school board by the end of February, that would be later than we want, but probably the best scenario that we’re looking at.”


During a short organizational meeting before the board’s regular meeting, the board voted to appoint its members to various posts.

• Chair: Kim Salo

• Vice chair: Kirby Ekstrom

• Clerk: Jay Falk

• Treasurer: Tim MacMillan

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