Last month, a vote by the Leavenworth Board of Education to approve a 2017-2018 academic calendar was unsuccessful. But on Wednesday, a revised calendar was approved by the board.

Last month, a vote by the Leavenworth Board of Education to approve a 2017-2018 academic calendar was unsuccessful. But on Wednesday, a revised calendar was approved by the board.

Two board members objected to the calendar last month because of a decrease in the number of days students are in the classroom.

The calendar presented during the February school board meeting called for 170 instructional days. The calendar for the current school year has 172 instructional days.

The vote for the 2017-2018 calendar last month was 3-2, but it failed to pass because four votes are required for something to be approved by the school board. Loyal Torkelson and Nancy Klemp were the two board members who voted against the calendar in February.

Two members, Verna Raines and John Goodman, were absent during last month's vote.

All seven members of the board were present Wednesday.

Amy Sloan, executive director of human resources and support services, said an additional instructional day had been added to the proposed 2017-2018 academic calendar since last month. This brings the total number of instruction days to 171. This is the same number of days that was in the 2015-2016 academic calendar.

She said a Kansas Association of School Boards study found that the state average for instructional days is 169.

The amended calendar for 2017-2018 was approved by a vote of 6-1 with Klemp voting against the motion.

"I think there should be more student contact days with teachers," Klemp said after the meeting.

She argued this would be more beneficial for students' education.

According to the approved calendar, the first day of school will be Aug. 15. The last day of classes for the academic year will be May 23.

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