The Clinton City Schools Board of Education met Thursday night in a work session. Very little action was taken during the one-hour session, before the board entered into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
A seemingly unimportant item, approval of a fee waiver request, brought questions and concerns from several board members. The request was tabled until further information was made available to the board.
Faith Jackson presented the waiver request to board members. The request was made by Jane Poole on behalf of the After School Right Path Bible Club. The proposal was to offer an after-school program on Thursdays at Sunset Avenue School from 3-5 p.m. This service would be in addition to the Blazing Stars program currently offered through the school system.
According to Jackson, the club would serve students as free child care and a tutoring program. Just last month, board members approved a similar request from Poole, to have the same services at Butler Avenue School.
Board member Diane Viser questioned the request and expressed her concern with children being able to distinguish the school day from the after-school care they would be receiving at a location they have been in all day.
“She is not just asking for a facility use,” Viser said. “She is asking for access to our students.”
Viser, who brought up the point that the Bible would be taught in school, just 15 minutes after the children were in a learning environment. For that reason, Viser had concern about students being able to separate school and church.
Other than the services being a free, after-school care program, Jackson couldn’t say what activities students would be participating in or what type of schedule the children would follow.
“The program needs some type of agenda,” Board member Randy Barefoot stated.
Through the program, Poole’s request states approximately 100 students will be served.
Despite approving the same request for Butler Avenue School during the last board meeting, the board members decided to get more answers and information before making a final decision. The request was tabled.
Clinton City Schools will once again offer summer school to any student in grades 3-12 who does not score a passing achievement level on any End of Grade or End of Course test.
In the summer of 2015, Dr. Mark Duckworth, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction said 393 students attended summer school. For the summer of 2016, the system can expect to have approximately $60,000 in funds to be utilized in the summer school program.
Summer school will be offered for any student in grades 3-12 who scores a level 1 or level 2 on any end of year testing. This does not include third grade reading scores, which is through the Read to Achieve program.
Summer school cannot begin before the last day of the regular calendar school year and must be completed by June 30. For this reason, Duckworth said it was important to have everything in place early so the teachers can maximize the time they will have to remediate students.
“I would like to see the plan for rolling it out,” Board member Carol Worley said. “I would like to see some consistency in how summer school will be improved.”
Many of the students who attend summer school must attend session in both reading in math. Duckworth said particular attention has to be paid to students in this situation so that a schedule can be made that best assists those students in attending session in both subject areas.
“This year we have been given a little more rigor and specifics for summer school,” Duckworth said.
Parents will be notified of the definite plans for summer school.
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