Coos Bay schools to return to 5-day school weeks

COOS BAY, Ore. -- COOS BAY, Ore. -- It's official: Coos Bay schools are moving back to a five day school week.

The school board voted 6-1 Monday night last night to approve the new schedule.

Coos Bay students will have a half-day of class on Fridays, getting out around noon.

The district moved to a four day week in 2011, to give teachers more development time.

James Martin, the board chair, says he felt the decision was what the public wanted. "The public seemed fairly, clearly in favor of returning to a 5-day week and for me, ultimately, the public confidence issue and giving a program that the community could embrace and really feel more confident in was the deciding factor," he said.

The superintendent will finalize the details at the next board meeting in April.

In a survey taken earlier in the year, half the faculty said they liked four days and the other half wanted five days.