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Wichita Schools Considering Cutting Two Days From School Year

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Wichita Public Schools is considering ending this school year early. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that members of the Board of Education will discuss the potential change at a regular meeting Monday night.

USD 259 is considering ending the school year for students on Friday, May 20, instead of the currently scheduled Tuesday, May 24. That would save the district approximately $400,000. The savings would then be applied to the nearly $23 million that needs to be cut from the districts budget to balance costs and expenditures for next year.

Changing the final date for the school year is a possibility because the district didn’t use snow days that were scheduled into the calendar as a precaution.

Wichita Public Schools has been considering as many as 55 potential changes to save money, including initiatives to shrink energy costs, cuts to transportation, and non-personnel budget reductions. Earlier this week, Gov. Sam Brownback proposed a $57 million cut to public schools across Kansas in an effort to balance the state's finances.

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