Wichita BOE approves contract with teachers

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Board of Education announced on Friday they have approved the contract 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 school district outlines highlights of the 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.

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.

USD 259 says longevity payments will come November 30. Salary increase and makeup payments from the beginning of the contract year will be on December paycheck.