De Soto School children in the DeSoto school district will be given a new opportunity to receive additional academic assistance this year, the DeSoto School Board decided Monday.
Board members voted to hold a five-week summer school program starting June 29 for students completing kindergarten through sixth grade, said Charlene Braley, board clerk. Classes will take place three to three-and-a-half hours a day, four days a week at DeSoto and Woodsonia elementary schools.
Braley said funding for the program will come out of the special education and Chapter I budgets. Parents will provide transportation for their children to attend the classes.
"Teachers and principals felt there were some students who needed some help and would benefit from attending school through the summer instead of having a long break," said Braley, adding the district hasn't offered summer school for a number of years.
In other business at Monday's meeting, the board:
Discussed patron input from two recent community forums. Braley said a major concern voiced by patrons was a need to better disseminate information to the entire district. A third forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 28 at Countryside Intermediate School. Patrick McDaniel, director of strategic planning for Albuquerque, N.M., public schools, will discuss his experiences with year-round school.
Scheduled a special board meeting for 7 p.m. April 27 at DeSoto Junior High School. The board will invite mayors and city officials from DeSoto, Lenexa, Shawnee, Bonner Springs and Olathe towns with areas included in the DeSoto school district to discuss plans for growth.
Scheduled a board-administration retreat for 4:30 p.m. May 12 to discuss information gleaned from the three community forums and begin developing long-range goals.