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Wichita Public Schools plans to keep its doors open this summer while it awaits the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on a new school funding plan.

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Updated Tuesday at 11:17 a.m.  

Beginning next school year, Wichita schools will start and end 10 minutes earlier.

The Board of Education voted 4-0 Monday to approve the change.

Classes that normally begin at 7 a.m. will now start at 6:50 and let out at 2:30 in the afternoon. The first morning buses will now begin running at 5:55 a.m.

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Hopefuls who want to run for a seat on the Wichita City Council or Wichita School Board have until noon Thursday to file. A few of this fall’s races are already shaping up.

Three seats are up for election on the city council: In District 1, activist Brandon Johnson, businessman Mike Kinard, transit board member Janet Wilson and Pachyderm Club President John Stevens have filed so far. Councilwoman Lavonta Williams' final term ends this year.

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The Wichita School Board has approved the sale of property near Jackson Elementary in the northeast part of the city.

The board unanimously voted Monday to sell off the 17.5 acres of land near 29th & Woodlawn.

"We had that piece of property for many years before we even built Jackson, and through the years we've sold off pieces of the property before to a couple of churches so that areas in the neighborhood could also use the property that we are not using," says USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

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The Wichita Public School District is serving free summer meals for students beginning Monday through the start of school in August. But, the district is still preparing for a possible statewide shutdown in July that could impact the program.

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Next year’s school calendar for Wichita Public Schools is now set.

The district’s Board of Education approved the calendar on Monday by a vote of six-to-one.

The first day of school will be August 23, and the school year will wrap up on May 16.

The district decided to continue with the shortened school year schedule it implemented this year.

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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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Wichita Public Schools is hopeful the Kansas Legislature will develop an adequate school funding formula when lawmakers reconvene next month. However, the district says it needs to prepare if that doesn’t happen.

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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.

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Wichita Public Schools says it’ll consider feedback from a recent public survey when it begins work on next year’s school calendar.

Last year, the district lengthened the school day by 30 minutes in order to cut 15 days from the school year to save nearly $3 million. Students now attend 158 days of school instead of 173. Teachers work 175 days instead of 190 days.

However, not everyone was happy with the changes.

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