Corsicana — Corsicana ISD will have about 700 students in summer school this year, if all goes according to plan.
The district has cut back on open summer school, and is now targeting only those grades where students are most at risk, according to Marti Shaner, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for CISD.
The district will be targeting kids in fifth, seventh and eighth grades, as well as high school students needing credit recovery and help with end of course tests.
The district will offer bilingual and English as a Second Language help for kindergarteners and pre-K kids who need some help with speaking and reading. They're also adding some teachers to help with first graders who failed first grade and need a boost to catch them up to their classmates in reading. Summer school work on reading, in particular, can help those students catch up with the rest of their grade and do well in future grades, Shaner explained to the Corsicana board of trustees during a special meeting Monday night.
Second-grade students with problems in math and reading will also get summer school help.
The cutbacks are a financial decision, said Superintendent Diane Frost.
“If we had the money we'd offer it in all the grades, but with the cuts that's why we cut it back to only certain grades,” Frost told the board.
Funding for summer school comes from Title I and III money and rural low-income assistance from the state.
The district estimates they'll have about 500 students from elementary and middle school, and as many as 200 or more from the high school, depending on how the end of course tests go this spring.
The Collins students will have summer school at CHS, and is for students with attendance problems, and who failed core subjects.