Updated 9:21 a.m.
Wichita’s school board on Monday unanimously approved a new 190-day school year -- 15 days longer than the current calendar.
It's a return to the old calendar, which board members shortened in 2016 to save the district $3 million a year.
Superintendent Alicia Thompson says she's heard negative comments from parents about the shorter schedule, with some saying losing 15 days of instruction "was a huge disadvantage for kids of every age."
The longer calendar was part of negotiations with Wichita’s teachers union.
The first day of school will be Aug. 15, a week earlier than the previous year. The year would also end a week later, on May 23.
Stephan Bisaha is an education reporter for KMUW’s Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha.