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Four-Day Week Meetings and Information

During its Monday, November 14th meeting, Liberty Elementary School District’s Governing Board approved a change to a four-day school week. The change will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.

As the District has communicated, months of research, community discussions and surveys led up to this decision. The idea of a four-day week was first explored last year as a cost savings measure in response to failing to pass a budget override. After surveying staff and families in the spring, it was clear this idea garnered initial support regardless of how much money it saved. For that reason, combined with the potential to better recruit and retain teachers in a nationwide shortage, the idea was further explored.

A working committee was established and met several times, with the goal of preparing information, studying research, developing four-day plan options, and summarizing pros and cons for implementing a four-day school week. A list of those pros and cons can be found here.

The Liberty ESD administration recognizes that while this change may be viewed favorably by some, it is also not the first choice for some of our staff members and families. Much work lies ahead to adjust calendars, contracts and other logistics to line up with this new four-day week. Any pertinent updates to the process along the way will of course be shared with you. 

Four-Day School Week Background Information

A working committee met monthly between July and October, preparing information, studying research, developing four-day plan options, and summarizing pros and cons for implementing a four-day school week.  

The working committee's research and planning was presented in public hearings in early October. The Governing Board participated in discussions with stakeholders about the information prepared by the working committee. Feedback was collected from each of the public hearings.

A survey was administered to gather input and final recommendations from all stakeholders. Results from that survey were presented during the October 24 Governing Board meeting. To view the results, click below:

Parent Survey Resultsstaff survey results

Following the public forums and collection of survey data, the Governing Board voted to approve a four-day school week for SY2023 on November 14.

The working committee's past schedule below includes the topics that were discussed:

July 27, 2022

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

  • General stakeholder questions and future topics for study

  • Research on educational impact

  • Proposed school day schedule options

  • Calendar considerations

  • Instructional minutes compliance

  • Transportation plan

September 21, 2022

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 

  • Budget impact

  • Plan feasibility

  • Summarized pros and cons

  • Draft survey for parents and staff

August 17, 2022

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 

  • Staffing hours/benefits/impacts

  • Professional development

  • Curriculum

  • Assessment

  • Special education




October 4, 5, and 6 Public Hearings

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

October 4: Blue Horizons

October 5: Virtual

October 6: Rainbow Valley

(Click on link to view video of public hearing date)


August 24, 2022

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

  • Food Services

  • LEAP

  • Staffing hours, benefits, and other impacts

  • Transportation





November 14

Governing Board Meeting 5:30 P.M. 

  • Governing Board meeting discussion and decision