4-Day School Week Meetings 25 Jan 12

Residents of both the New Ulm and Sleepy Eye School Districts have another chance to voice their opinions on moving to a 4-day school week during public meetings today (WED). Both districts will hold the second of 3 public hearings on the move tonight. The New Ulm meeting starts at 7pm at the District Administrative Center, the Sleepy Eye meeting starts at 6pm in the elementary gym. The cost-cutting plans call for extending school days Tuesday through Friday with students off Saturday through Monday. 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. Both school boards are expected to vote on the issue early next month.