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Mar 2, 2010 10:07 AM by Associated Press

Rural Pueblo school district considers 4-day week

A Pueblo County school district is considering going to a four-day school week, which could save up to $1.1 million a year.

District 70 is looking for $5.8 million in savings in next year's budget. The board could vote Tuesday night.

The district's teachers union supports the proposal, which could head off a pay freeze or furlough days.

Community reaction has been mixed. Opponents point out that working parents would have to find child care for one day a week, children would have to get up earlier and some would walk to or from schools and bus stops in the dark.

The district has about 9,000 students in rural Pueblo County.

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