The New Ulm District 88 School Board on Thursday approved a proposal to switch to a 6-period school day at New Ulm High School next school year. District 88 Superintendent Harold Remme says that the cost-cutting switch from seven to six periods should help improve student test scores by lengthening class time. Remme says that there are still some minor details to be worked out concerning the proposed Intervention/Acceleration/Specialization period in the middle of the school day. The 6-period school day passed on a vote of 6-1, with school board member Susan Nierengarten voting against it. In other business Thursday, the school board set potential targets for upcoming extracurricular budget cuts. District 88 administration was directed to find between $36,000 to $50,000 worth of cuts to school activities. This comes following the defeat of the district’s levy referendum this past November.