Smoky Valley USD 400 is shortening its school year by three days to help mitigate state budget cuts. The last day for Smoky Valley schools will now be Friday, May 15 instead of Wednesday, May 20. The district is able to do this because they have three snow days that they didn't use this winter.
Superintendent Glen Suppes told Wichita television stations that shortening the school year by three days will save the district about $10,000.
However, the Kansas Association of School Boards estimates the district's loss at more than $100,000. Suppes told KWCH-TV that it could be more like $150,000 when all is said and done.