Kansas schools fight Evergy’s requested rate hike


Some school districts in Kansas have come out swinging against a plan by Evergy to increase its electric rates.

The schools contend the increase will mean higher costs for them and could also result in larger class sizes. They claim it will result in the hiring of fewer teachers.

Evergy is asking for a 25% increase in the revenue collected from educational customers in the state and a nearly 2% net increase for all customers in the Kansas metro region reported the Kansas City Star.

Wichita public schools recently filed documents with the Kansas Corporation Commission.

“The largest area of operating expenditures is personnel,” testified Wichita Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Susan Willis, “so  a likely consequence would be the inability to add and retain teachers and other school staff.”