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New Ulm Considers 4-Day School Week

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NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — New Ulm’s school district, looking for ways to reduce costs, is considering a 4-day school week.

School board members say the district can no longer maintain the status quo in light of its current financial condition.

Superintendent Harold Remme says the district could save about $135,000 a year on busing and about $70,000 on utilities and by reducing staff hours.

The Journal says some positive factors of a 4-day school week include improved attendance and the potential for tutoring students on off-days. Negatives are attention span issues with a longer school day and potential day care issues.

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