Districts vote on four-day school week 24 Jan 12

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) – Taxpayers in New Ulm and Sleepy Eye have another chance to voice their opinions on moving to a four-day school week in order to save money.

Both districts will hold the second of three public hearings on the move Wednesday night. The plans call for extending school days Tuesday through Friday with students off Saturday through Monday.

School district administrators say the shortened week would result in savings on utilities, bus service, staffing and other things. The potential savings for New Ulm would be about $100,000. Sleepy Eye estimates it would save about $80,000.

Some parents have expressed concerns about child care issues and fatigue for the younger students during an extended school day. The Free Press says both school boards are expected to vote on the issue early next month.

Information from: The Free Press,

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