The Sleepy Eye School Board unanimously approved a new 3-year Flexible Learning Year Proposal this week, as well as a motion to remain in the Flexible Learning Year Consortium. Flexible Learning Year schools start the academic year in late August, rather than the day after Labor Day, as a way to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness. School districts in the local area that participate in the program include Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Comfrey, Redwood Falls, and Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The new Sleepy Eye proposal covers the 2013 through 2016 school years. In other business, the Sleepy Eye School Board decided to wait until an April 23rd meeting to act on elective offerings for next school year as well as minimum class sizes and a Senior Class Trip to San Francisco. Class scheduling for next year has been postponed until the district hears if its recent four-day school week proposal is approved by the state. The meeting on April 23rd is set to begin at 7:30pm in the school board conference room.