Minn. School Official Wants 4-Day Week Considered

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — A school superintendent in Sleepy Eye says the district needs to seriously consider converting to a four-day school week.

Superintendent John Cselovszki says the move would mean longer school days with more breaks. He says the shift would cut costs associated with busing, teacher substitutes, heating and cooling.

The Journal of New Ulm says Cselovszki made his comments Thursday at a Board of Education meeting.

Board member Ron Geiger acknowledged that a shorter school week could help the district avoid other budget cuts.

Fellow board member Darla Remus worried that the change would create daycare issues for elementary students on Mondays when there was no school. Her colleague, Sheila Schmid, suggested that high school students could fill the daycare need.

  • Reality

    Four days at 6 hours a day for half the year may be too much for the teachers.

    • Cal

      I’m sure you meant 10 hour days instead of 6. Thank a teacher for teaching you how to write a comment. Don’t disrespect them.

    • KG

      Jealous? Become a teacher if life is so peachy on that side of the fence.

  • Philbert

    So, am I supposed to find a job that lets me work only 4 days a week? I would have to become a teacher.

    • Shelley

      Philbert, ou’d never make it. I’m not a teacher nor would I become one now. Teachers can’t make up for the damage parents did at home. They can try, but it’s truly a thankless job in some places.

    • Paul Solinger

      A lot of people work four ten-hour days. What’s with the sarcasm? Jealous.

    • Cal

      If you can do 40+ hours of work in four days instead of five, go ahead and become a teacher.

  • Melissa Walker

    Our kids in this state already have too much time off from school. They need more education like China does. We need to educate our American kids.. hard work always pays off. They dont need any more time off. That’s absolutely ridiculous! They need more education in this state no matter what!!

    • Cal

      You’re right. Children should be at school getting an education. The only thing is, they need a quality education. Sending children to school to be in a class with 35-40 other students isn’t what’s best for kids. Cuts have to come from somewhere. What do you propose? Do the pros outweigh the cons?

    • Michael M

      One thing to note is that the hours in school is equivalent to that on a five day week. Schools must start earlier and end later when they switch and longer classes are created. So, in reality students spend more minutes in the classroom when you consider there is less passing time during the week. However, there are very few (or none?) long term studies on the outcomes of students in the four day week. I neither support or disagree with a four day week – I just want you to be aware of the facts.

    • Carissa

      I’m only 22 yrs old and I’d have to agree with you. If there is one thing America should be spending money on, it is education. We need to quit wasting money on unemployment(ie paying people for not working) and start putting it in the right places for the new GLOBAL economy. There’s an old saying, “Give a man bread and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” Its such a SIMPLE concept. And now, they’re considering cutting Grants for Minnesota College students, since its “such a waste”. Brilliant.

  • figure it out

    I’m sure you had a chance to vote for a levy and voted “no.” So, unless the funding is available, the school is going to do the best job they can. The students will still receive the same amount of instruction minutes. It won’t be any less minutes of instruction a week. If you want the kids in school more, be prepared to pay for it. Wait, I bet you won’t be ready to pay for it.

    Support your school, support your community. Teachers are saints.

  • Doing what we can

    Our district operates within 4-day weeks. It was not a decision driven by “best practices” but with this move, we were able to postpone the increasing of some elementary classes to 32-34 students/room instead of what we are able to afford now: 23 students/class. Public schools “step up to the plate” to offer the best programming within the shadow of consecutively failed referendums and listen to the criticisms. Consider this when you vote!

  • Bob

    And thus begins the downward spiral. . . .

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