- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - At least six school districts in Kansas plan to close a few days early this May because of budget concerns.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1E6omgC ) reports that a measure to trim about $50 million in operating and maintenance aid from most K-12 school districts’ budgets went into effect for the current fiscal year.

According to superintendents, school board minutes and public announcements on district websites, schools that have shortened their calendars include Concordia Unified School District 333, Twin Valley USD 240, Smoky Valley USD 400, Haven USD 312, Skyline USD 438 and Shawnee Heights USD 450.

“We felt like we could afford to do that just to get through the current year,” District Superintendent Martin Stessman said.

Stressman says the decision to close a little early this year was helped by the fact that students in his district did not have to miss school because of snow. He also says he does not want the change to be permanent.

Most school districts in the state exceed the required amount of days for a school year, which makes it possible for them to drop a few days without violating any rules.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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