The Sleepy Eye School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the implementation of a four-day school week beginning next school year. The move is expected to save the district more than $80,000 a year by reducing transportation and heating costs, amongst other expenses. Going to a 4-day week in Sleepy Eye will also add over 2,700 instructional minutes to the school year by adding an hour and 20 minutes to each school day and closing the district’s buildings on Mondays. School days in Sleepy Eye next school year will begin at 7:55am and end at 4pm. A 23-person committee researched the 4-day week issue at length after Sleepy Eye’s levy referendum was defeated by voters this past November for the second straight year. Public meeting exit surveys taken in Sleepy Eye in January showed that 74% of those attending favored a four-day school week.