With a decrease in instructional days, the proposed 2017-2018 academic calendar failed to pass Wednesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth Board of Education.

With a decrease in instructional days, the proposed 2017-2018 academic calendar failed to pass Wednesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth Board of Education.

A majority of the board members who were present voted in favor of the calendar. But they still did not have the necessary number of votes required to approve the motion.

Four votes are required for something to be passed by the school board. The vote for the proposed calendar was 3-2 with board members Loyal Torkelson and Nancy Klemp voting against it.

Two board members, Verna Raines and John Goodman, were absent Tuesday. Superintendent Mike Roth said the proposed calendar will be brought back for another vote during a future meeting.

When the calendar was presented Wednesday for consideration, Klemp questioned how the number of student contact days compare to those in the current school year's calendar.

Amy Sloan, executive director of human resources and support services, said there are 170 instructional days in the proposed calendar. She said there are 172 instructional days in the current school year's calendar.

She said there were 171 instructional days each of the two previous school years.

During the 2013-2014 school year, there were only 164 instructional days. Sloan said classes were canceled for several days during this school year because of inclement weather.

Klemp questioned why there are two fewer instructional days in the proposed calendar than this year.

"I think it's been proven that one or two extra days make a difference," she said.

Sloan said an additional day is added to the winter break in the proposed calendar.

Students also would not have classes on Columbus Day under the proposed calendar. Columbus Day would be a professional development and work day for teachers.

Torkelson said there is a lot of time off for students.

"And we start so darn early," he said of the school year.

Sloan said the start date for Leavenworth public schools is pretty much aligned with other area schools.

Under the proposed calendar, the first day of classes would be Aug. 15. The school year would end May 23.

"I think more time for kids is best," Torkelson said.

Board vice president Doug Darling made a motion to approve the proposed 2017-2018 academic calendar. The motion was seconded by Jose Morales.

After the motion failed to pass, Torkelson offered to change his vote.

"Loyal don't change your vote," Klemp said.

Board president Mike Carney asked for another vote to clarify the tally. The vote was still 3-2 with Torkelson and Klemp voting against it.

"So right now, students you don't have to come to school next year," Roth joked with high school students who were in the audience.

Following the meeting, Sloan said some revisions will be made to the calendar before it is brought back to the board.

Roth said the changes may be minor.

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