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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Shorter summer school being planned

  • Winter weather will have an impact on summer school. That message was shared with the Hannibal Board of Education during Wednesday night’s meeting.
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  • Winter weather will have an impact on summer school. That message was shared with the Hannibal Board of Education during Wednesday night’s meeting.
    Superintendent Jill Janes reported that this year’s summer school program will be shortened.
    “Since our school year has been backed up due to additional snow days, we are looking at a three-week summer school,” she said, adding that the summer session will extend from June 9 through June 27.
    Janes said the elementary and middle school will be investigating a “camp structure,” with emphasis on areas such as technology, fine arts and science.
    “That will be a fun way to run summer school,” she said.
    At the high school, the focus will remain on credit recovery and other elective credit earning classes.
    In other business:
    • The Board heard from Karen Wheelan, principal at Mark Twain Elementary.
    Board members heard a report on the First Grade Zoo, which is now in its eighth year. Through the zoo program students are exposed to reading, writing, math, social studies, science and technology.
    • The board heard an evaluation of the at-risk programs. It was judged to be “above average.”
    “I’m proud of our staff. They work hard to meet the needs of all our kids,” said Assistant Superintendent Susan Johnson. “I’m also happy with the collaboration we have with community agencies.”
    • In her legislative report, Janes reported there is a lack of confidence in some circles that the state’s foundation formula will be fully funded in fiscal year 2015 as Gov. Jay Nixon has requested. Still, there is legislative talk of additional dollars being added to the foundation formula, which could boost state revenue to the Hannibal school district from $500,000 to $600,000.
    Janes indicated there is no shortage of areas where those funds could go: Additional safety and security measures; capital projects; technology needs; insurance increases; salary increases; and additional staff.
    • Rich Stilley, business manager, reported he has now met with each of the building administrators and their safety teams. Conversations have centered on safety issues, concerns and new ideas regarding safety and security. He said no major issues have been found during those discussions.
    • According to Stilley a second round of bus evacuation drills for drivers and staff are planned in April.
    “Drivers will review the various exits on the bus and have students practice using the bus radio on each of their routes,” wrote Stilley in a memo to the Board.
    • Stilley advised the Board that new routing software for the district is in the process of being implemented. Student data, driver data, routes, boundaries and stop locations are all being inputted.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We hope to have the new software up and running by May 1,” said Stilley, adding that the plan is to use the new software on summer school routes.
    • The commodity processing packet for 2014-15 has been completed, according to Stilley. The district is allocated $46,973 to spend on commodity foods.
    • In February, district attendance was lower than during the 2012-13 school year for the second consecutive month. Despite that the district’s attendance rate of 94.87 percent is well above 2012-13 and would be the highest seen since 2005-06 when the final rate was 95.00 percent.
    Despite the overall downturn in February, attendance was up over 2012-13 at the high school, middle school, Mark Twain, Stowell and Veterans.
    “Our attendance is great,” said Janes.
     

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