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The Wichita Public Schools Board of Education will review and vote on next year’s school calendar at its meeting Monday night.

The proposed calendar would continue the shortened school year adopted in 2016 as a way to save the district millions of dollars. The district lengthened the school day by 30 minutes to cut 15 days off the yearly calendar.

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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.

Wichita Students Represent 94 Countries, 109 Languages

Mar 14, 2017
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The Wichita Public School District has close to 10,000 students in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, with more than 109 unique languages represented in the district. More than 19 percent of the total student population in Wichita speaks a language other than English at home.

Other than the U.S., the largest numbers of students have come from Mexico, Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Honduras. In total, students in the district represent 94 different countries.

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The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools says it's impossible to know the immediate impact of Thursday's Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state is not adequately funding its public schools. Still, the district says the ruling is a good thing for students here and across the state.

Wichita Public Schools Seeking Input On Longer School Day

Feb 28, 2017
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The Wichita Public School District is looking for feedback on the longer school days that were put into place this year.

In the face of increasing costs and flat funding from the state, the district lengthened the school day by 30 minutes. The change allowed USD 259 to make the school year 15 days shorter, saving nearly $3 million in operating costs.

Wichita School Board Names New Superintendent

Feb 21, 2017
Abigail Beckman

For the first time ever, Wichita Public Schools will have a female superintendent. 

USD 259 Budget Planning The 'Perfect Storm Of Unknowns'

Feb 14, 2017
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Wichita Public Schools' budget for this year has been proceeding according to plan. Next year, though, is another story.

On Monday night, Susan Willis, chief financial officer for the district, told school board members that budget planning for the 2017-18 school year is "the perfect storm of unknowns."

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Members of the Wichita Public School Board met with a consultant Monday night to help narrow down characteristics necessary in hiring the district's next superintendent.

Dr. Michael Casserly, director of the Council of Great City Schoosl, helped board members outline what exactly the next superintendent of USD 259 will face. He previously helped with the district's 2008 search that lead to the hiring of current superintendent John Allison.

The Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is asking the community for help deciding what characteristics the district's next superintendent should have. Information will be gathered using on online survey developed by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

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The Wichita School Board decided first steps in the search for a new superintendent Monday night.

Current district Superintendent John Allison recently took a job with Olathe Public Schools and will be leaving at the end of this school year.

Board members were adamant about including the community in the process and voted to use an online survey to gather input. The survey will be available within the next few days. The results will be used to create a profile of characteristics necessary for the job.

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