DALLAS TWP. — Cyber school will now be the only option for summer school in the Dallas School District.
High school teacher Jennifer Lamoreaux and Vice Principal Brian Bradshaw outlined the new summer school program before the school board’s monthly work meeting on Monday night.
Also, the board passed the 2013-14 final budget of $33.6 million with no changes from the plan proposed in May. The budget calls for a 2 percent increase in taxes this fall.
“That’s about $37 for the average property owner,” Business Manager Grant Palfey told the board at May’s meeting.
Board member Maureen Matiska cast the lone no vote. She said after the meeting that the budget did not meet her approval because it did not put money aside for the elementary school.
Summer school will not be used for acceleration but will be offered to students who have lost credit in one or more classes. Bradshaw said packets have gone out to students who were recommended by the counselors for remediation.
The cost of the program will be $100 for one-half credit and $200 for a full credit. Arrangements for lending laptops can be made for those students who do not have a computer at home.
Bradshaw and Lamoreaux also said the district had saved $108,000 in fees which would have gone to charter schools in its first year of cyber school. The program also created student success and increased graduation rates.
Lamoreaux said four students who had planned to drop out were able to graduate with their class this year because of the cyber program.
In all, eight seniors this year used the cyber school to help them earn enough credits to graduate.
The program provided services to 17 students full-time and 29 students part-time.
The cyber school program will expand next year in the district. Dallas teachers will become the teachers of record for the cyber school classes. At present, classes are supervised by out-of-district teachers.
However, Bradshaw and Lamoreaux both said they had administrative rights over the cyber program and that they had carefully monitored the program during its first year.
The board voted to continue to partner with the Seneca Valley School District for cyber school programs. The board approved a three-year contract from 2013-14 to 2015-2016.
Winter coaching positions and stipends were approved. Superintendent Frank Galicki said all coaches had agreed to a new board policy about social networking.