WICHITA — The Wichita Board of Education has shortened the school year while adding 30 minutes of class to each day.
The Wichita Eagle reports that students will begin classes later in the fall, finish earlier next May and have 15 fewer school days under the calendar approved by the board with a 5-1 vote Monday night.
Board member Joy Eakins voted against the measure, saying that outsourcing the district’s custodial services would be a better option.
The new calendar was proposed as a way to trim about $3 million from next year’s budget. A majority of Wichita teachers voted in favor of the change last month.
Students will go to school 158 days instead of 173, and teachers will work 175 days instead of 190. The change won’t affect teacher salaries.