New Ulm considers 4-day school week
NEW ULM — New Ulm's school district, looking for ways to reduce costs, is considering a four-day school week.
School board members say that the district can no longer maintain the status quo in light of its financial condition. Superintendent Harold Remme says the district could save about $135,000 a year on busing and about $70,000 on utilities and personnel expenses.
Proponents say a four-day school week would improve attendance and provide the opportunity for tutoring students on off-days. Critics say a three-day weekend would adversely affect learning given students' attention spans and that some parents would have day care problems.