Summer school has 1,800 students, school board told

2010-06-09T00:01:00Z Summer school has 1,800 students, school board toldBy VALERIE WELLS - H&R Staff Writer Herald-Review.com
June 09, 2010 12:01 am  • 

DECATUR - Summer school has started in Decatur, and the school board heard a report on the variety of programs being offered this year at the meeting Tuesday.

This is the third year for high school summer school, with two sessions meeting at MacArthur High School, said Bobbi Williams, director of special programs. A total of 1,800 students are enrolled at all levels: 1,057 in grades kindergarten through sixth; 565 in the first high school session and 400 in the second session.

In addition to regular summer school, the district will offer a four-week gifted camp; Urban Campers, for third- through sixth-grade students who attend summer school; Discovery Camp, for kindergarten and first-grade students; Kindergarten Camp, for students entering kindergarten in August; University Path, for students entering ninth grade; and University Path 2, for students who attended University Path last summer.

Williams told the board that summer school is almost entirely grant and community partner funded, except for the high school level, which is paid with district funds.

Students in summer school are recruited from among students who did not meet state standards on their Illinois Standards Achievement Test, are two grade levels behind in core subjects and in danger of flunking, she said.

The board also discussed the progress of Decision4Decatur, the project to improve the two high schools. A community canvass was held last month to get community input on which of the two remaining options are preferable, and the board will choose one of those options at the June 22 meeting. To pay for construction, the board has approved a resolution to ask the Macon County Board to approve a ballot measure raising the county sales tax by 1 cent, and board member Kevin Moore asked Superintendent Gloria Davis if the other county districts plan to do the same.

Davis said the superintendents and school board members met to discuss that, and a second meeting is in the works.

"I felt very positive when that first meeting ended," she said. "One board member said she could get a grass-roots parent group together."

Meridian's board has passed a resolution, Davis said, and several others plan to discuss it at their June meetings.

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