Over 900 Hannibal youngsters are signed up to participate in the district's annual summer school program which kicks off Tuesday, May 31.
At the May 18 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell reported 925 students in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade had signed up, noting that additional registration forms were "still trickling in."
"We're pleased with how many have signed up to participate," Powell told the school board, adding that even though the deadline to register for summer school has long since passed, no one will be turned away.
This year's summer school enrollment has already topped last year's 905 total. Powell added that overall the district's "is stable" when compared with recent years.
Changes to the summer school program are under consideration that could make it even more appealing in the future.
"We are looking at options for expansion at all levels for the 2017 session," said Powell. "We hope to partner with more community groups and expand our high school offerings to included dual credit classes through HLGU and MACC."
Powell invites any community groups interested in partnering with the school district to offer programs to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powell reports some new partnerships have been implemented that will provide additional opportunities this summer.
"Bluff City Theatre will be working with our students at the elementary and middle school levels," he said. "We also have the Missouri Department of Conservation providing fishing opportunities and the Hannibal Arts Council providing weekly activities at the Elementary level."
Summer school would not be possible without administrators, teachers and support staff who are willing to give up a portion of their summer. On May 18 the Board of Education approved hiring 105 administrators and teachers, plus 19 support personnel.
"We are fully staffed," said Powell, explaining that the number of personnel will be reduced as attendance warrants.
With the start of another summer session at hand, Powell contends that it remains an important part of the district's educational offerings.
"It keeps the students engaged academically and allows us to provide instruction in areas and topics that we are unable to delve into during the normal school year," he said.
The three week summer school session in Hannibal wraps up Friday, June 17.
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