Wichita teachers vote for shorter school year, longer day

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Union officials say Wichita teachers have approved a plan to lengthen the school day and shorten the year.

United Teachers of Wichita president Steve Wentz tells The Wichita Eagle that nearly 70 percent of the more than 4,000 ballots the union received Wednesday morning were in favor of the proposed calendar.

The calendar was proposed as a way to trim about $3 million from next year's budget. It'll shorten the school year by 15 days for Wichita students and lengthen the school day by 30 minutes.

The Wichita school board must approve the proposed change. Members are expected to approve an addendum to this year's teacher contract noting the calendar change, as well as a new calendar for the 2016-17 school year, during its June 6 meeting.