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Summer school smaller in scope

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on June 13, 2011 1:46 PM

Wayne County Public Schools will have summer school this year, albeit on a much smaller scale than last year.

Funding cuts prompted the reduction, Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the school board last week.

Last summer, stimulus funding allowed the district to provide the "Cadillac" of sessions -- fully staffed focused intervention classes at all of the middle and elementary schools.

It will be a much leaner offering this year, she explained.

"This summer we will have summer school at two schools -- Dillard (middle) and Goldsboro High School," she said. "These schools are being funded through three different grants."

The final year of Gear Up funds will be applied to the program, she explained, while Race to the Top funding will be used at Dillard and school improvement monies at Goldsboro.

The four-day-week program focusing on math and literacy will run Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., with lunch served.

Students will start Monday, July 11, while teachers report a few days earlier, on Thursday, July 7. The last day for students and staff will be July 26.