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Summer school may return for elementary school students

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Education > Organizers are waiting for final approval from school board

By Tris DeRoma

If all goes well, the holiday spirit may pay off in dividends this summer for elementary school students needing to improve their grade point average.
Los Alamos teacher Suzanne Lynne, as well as District Curriculum Coordinator Pam Miller have been working hard to bring back summer school for elementary school students this summer. All they are waiting on now is the Los Alamos School Board’s final approval, which they may receive as early as January.
Their plan is charge a tuition of $100 per student per subject for the month-long session, which will consist of hour and a half classes in math and reading, five days a week.
According to Miller, summer school for elementary school students has not always been able to happen, in fact it didn’t even happen at all last year. In the years that it did, tuition has been as high as $175, as well as free, but both fee structures presented the same problem, low attendance.
If it was too expensive, people simply didn’t sign up and if it was free, then people didn’t place a high priority on attendance Miller and Lynne said at the meeting.
There’s a reason why the School Board is interested in summer school at this early date. If the program is approved, school officials can start identifying students now who may need the extra help this year.


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