Wichita teachers approve tentative contract

United Teachers of Wichita Tuesday night announced that teachers in Wichita Public Schools voted to accept a tentative contract with USD 259.

The new contract calls for a nearly 4-percent pay raise and creates a longer school year, returning to the district's previous calendar. This means school days will be about 30 minutes shorter than they are now.

The Wichita School Board is expected to vote on the contract at its next meeting. Seventy-seven percent of the teachers voted to ratify the contract.