More rural North Dakota schools opting for 4-day week

WING — After 10 years in education, Wing Public School District Superintendent David Goetz began to notice a trend.

Students and teachers would begin the school year in August feeling refreshed and motivated to learn. But by the end of the school year, everyone felt burned out, and it was a slog to get through the remaining curriculum. He noticed this pattern recur as a teacher and as an administrator, in Kidder County, Gwinner and now in Wing.


“The first semester, the kids are learning. They really seem to be receptive of things. Then you take your second semester and it’s just an extensive, long, drawn-out block,” Goetz said. “This time of year is always such a dread.”