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Citing High Energy Costs, Community College Cuts Back to 4-Day Week

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — With student commuters feeling the pinch of gasoline prices approaching $4 per gallon, a community college in southeast Missouri is cutting back to a four-day school week.

This summer, Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff will extend classes to an hour and 10 minutes, rather than 55 minutes, but meet four days a week instead of five.

The college tried the four-day week on a pilot basis last summer and decided to make it permanent for summer classes. In fact, response has been so positive administrators are considering a four-day schedule option for fall and winter, too.

Executive Vice President Larry Kimbrow estimates the average student at Three Rivers drives 30 miles or more each way to get to class.

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