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4-day school weeks might become the norm

February 7, 2011 - Per Peterson
Another school is considering switching to a four-day week. Looking for ways to cut spending, the New Ulm School District is exploring the option considering its current financial situation. Superintendent Harold Remme told the New Ulm Journal the district could save about $135,000 a year on busing and about $70,000 on utilities and by reducing staff hours. There are issues with going to a four-day week, but there's no doubt that a school's bottom line will outweigh any concerns that are raised by citizens of any district. Saving money trumps people's general concerns. It's unfortunate, but true. Schools need to do whatever they can to save money, and even though Gov. Mark Dayton has called for an increase in state spending to schools in Minnesota, that's no guarantee. And even if it was, schools will continue to stress saving money whenever they can. High schools are strapped right now, and they might be for a long time no matter what Dayton and the Legislature do. Don't be surprised if this topic comes up in your school district. Saving that much on busing alone is enough to get every school talking about — and perhaps even believing in — a four-day week.


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