Wichita BOE, teachers reach tentative contract agreement

The Wichita Board of Education Wednesday announced it's reached a tentative contract agreement with teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.

"The agreement includes a salary increase, along with steps, tracks and longevity, plus a return to the 190-day calendar and shorter school days," says Susan Arensman, News and Media Relations Manager for Wichita Public Schools.

The district outlines highlights of the tentative agreement. Among them is a base salary increase of 3.95 percent. This is one step up for all teachers eligible to advance. This includes an additional step for teachers who are behind on the step schedule, the district says.
Additional highlights include tracks honoring additional education, the unfreezing of longevity payments for veteran teachers and the return to the 190-day calendar.

"This allows for a return to the seven-hour, 10 minute school day (a reduction of 30 minutes per day), on-the-hour start times at all levels, and retention of the additional recess and planning time afforded students and teachers, as well as the extended winter break,' the district says.