Schools extend calendar years, plan summer sessions

Thursday, April 14, 2011

After missing nearly a dozen days of classes during the 2010-11 school year, area districts have extended the calendar year, which will require many students to begin the summer session within days of the end of the regular school year.

"We missed 11 days," said Cassville Superintendent Richard Asbill. "We are only required to make up 10 days, so we made one up on Feb. 21 and the other nine have been added to the end of the year, making our last day May 26."

The Cassville R-4 School District is currently working on plans for its summer school session, which will begin on June 1.

"Right now, we don't know what the legislators are going to approve or not approve in regards to summer school funding," said Asbill. "There is some legislation out there that could impact our summer funding."

The R-4 District has developed two plans for the summer session.

"Plan A will focus on remedial learning and credit recovery for a targeted group of students," said Asbill. "Plan B will serve a larger group of students in all of the buildings, similar to what we have offered in the past. This will still focus on remedial and credit recovery first."

Either plan will require the district to reduce the number of elective classes offered during the summer session.

"We will offer very limited enrichment classes during the summer," said Asbill. "Previously, we offered PE, art and other classes, but now we are so limited due to funding so we will not be able to offer as many elective classes."

The Cassville School District will provide transportation services for students attending summer school.

"I hope to report what we are planning to the board at the April meeting," said Asbill. "We plan to send flyers home to parents at the end of April."

Southwest, Wheaton and Exeter students will also begin the summer session very close to the last day of the 2010-11 school year.

"Most likely, we will offer a scaled-down version of our summer school program that will be for high school and middle school students who need to make up math and communication arts credits," said Southwest Superintendent Bob Walker.

The R-5 District missed 13 days and has extended its calendar to May 25. The summer session will begin in early June.

"We will offer a full summer school program for our elementary school students and a credit recovery program for our junior high and high school students," said Wheaton Superintendent Joe Layton.

Wheaton will conclude its regular school year on May 20 and begin summer school on June 1.

Exeter's summer session will also begin on June 1. The regular school year will end at 12:30 p.m. on May 25.

"Summer school will be offered this year with a focus on reading and math in kindergarten through eighth grade for students needing additional support to achieve proficiency," said Dr. Ernest Raney, Exeter superintendent. "High school summer school will be tailored for students needing credit recovery."

The Purdy R-2 School District will begin its summer session on the day following the last day of the regular school year.

"We missed nine days and had to make up eight of those days," said Purdy Superintendent Jerry Lingo. "We have extended our calendar to May 23, which will be a half day. Then, we will begin summer school on May 24.

"We will offer a full summer school program," said Lingo. "As long as we continue to receive funding for ADA (average daily attendance), we will continue to offer a full summer program."

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