A three-week session of summer school has proven popular with Hannibal students. During Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting it was noted that attendance is up this year.

A three-week session of summer school has proven popular with Hannibal students. During Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting it was noted that attendance is up this year.

Summer school enrollment was 927 youngsters, which is up from last summer’s 858 and 2012’s total of 761. In 2011 summer enrollment was 998.

Superintendent Jill Janes credited the academy format with helping attract students.

Showing the biggest increase is the Elementary K-4 age group, which is up by 59 students. High school enrichment numbers were up by 13 students.

The largest decrease was in Pre-K, which was only down 13 students (105-92) from a year ago.

It was noted that 675 students signed up for summer school transportation. The district is running 12 regular routes and four special needs routes.

Summer school classes wrap up on Friday, June 27.

In other business:

• The annual Missouri State Highway Patrol audit of the district’s Third Party Tester license has been reviewed and the district has been approved to continue testing the district’s bus drivers for commercial driver’s licensing.

• It was noted the district enjoyed a banner year attendance-wise, finishing at 95.07 percent. That was the highest mark since the 2004-05 school year which also wound up at 95.07 percent.

“It was not just one school. Every school’s attendance was up,” said Janes, noting the “hard work” it took to achieve the lofty attendance figure.

• Program evaluations for the Title 1, Instructional Effectiveness/Curriculum and Special Education were provided the Board. Mike Vaia, Special Services director, reported that in seven years the number of autistic students the district works with has grown from 12 to 41.

• HHS teacher Brenda Hallbauer was presented a certificate of achievement as the recipient of the Goffrey G. Eichholz Outstanding Science Teacher Award for the Society of Health Physics.

• A list of certificated and non-certificated staff, plus students, with perfect attendance in the past school year was shared. A total of 37 staff members and 200 students did not miss a day. Last year 166 students had perfect attendance.

• It was announced that four students will be retained at the same grade. Three of the four will repeat kindergarten. Assistant Superintendent Susan Johnson said that the families of the retained children had input in the decisions.

• It was reported that the district’s estimated four-year graduation rate in 2014 was 94.7 percent. That’s up from 88.6 percent in 2013. Missouri’s four-year graduation rate in 2013 was 85.7 percent.

While Hannibal’s five-year graduation rate for 2014 is not yet available, it was 91.6 percent in 2013. The state percentage was 86.5 percent in 2013.

• Board member Linda Clark provided an update of the Leadership Summit delegate meeting and banquet, where the Hannibal Board of Education received the Governance Award.

• Board member Terry Sampson was presented a plaque for achieving Advance Board Membership status.

• Approval was given the 2014-15 preliminary budget.

• Approval was given the amended bus routes for 2014-15.

• School meal rates for the next school year were approved. At elementary schools lunch prices will increase from $1.70 to $1.75. At the middle school and high school it will go up from $2.20 to $2.25.

• The Board approved the Special Ed Compliance Plan.

• A resolution was passed revising the signatory authority, removing Janes from all Commerce Bank and Depository Bank accounts on June 30 and adding Johnson effective July 1. Janes is retiring at the end of the month. Johnson is her successor.

• The Board thanked Janes and Marsha Brinkley, secretary to the superintendent, for their years of service. While Brinkley acknowledged being with the district for 25 years, Janes playfully declined to report how long she has worked for the Hannibal school district, noting that a reporter was present.