Wichita Public Schools Considering More Calendar Changes

Apr 11, 2017

Credit Wichita Public Schools

The Wichita Public Schools board is considering making more changes to the district’s calendar.

Last year, the board lengthened the school day by 30 minutes and shortened the school year by 15 days as a way to cut millions of dollars from its budget.

The results of a recent survey of parents, staff and students shows mixed opinions on the effect the scheduling change has had. Board members said at their meeting Monday night that different start and end times are being considered, but that any changes would have an impact on the budget.

Board member Mike Rodee said more time is needed to study the effects of last year’s schedule change.

“The first year is always the toughest," he said. "Any change is tough, because we don’t know what we’re coming into. And honestly, I’d like to see it go another year.”

USD 259 is still facing an uncertain budget as Kansas lawmakers work on a new school funding formula. The district says it will need to make an estimated $8.2 million in cuts for the upcoming year.

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