Dr. Boone: Summer school registration half of 2021 numbers

Published 5:30 pm Friday, April 22, 2022

Carter County Schools summer school registration numbers are down 50% from the 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. LaDonna Boone, Director of Curriculum for K-12, said 900 students attended summer school in 2021 while currently only 450 are registered for this year’s summer session, and Boone said those numbers are not “from a lack of trying.”
“We have been working on our summer school plans with a theme of ‘Future Kids’,” Boone told the school board on Thursday. “We started recruiting teachers in February including teachers, teacher’s aides, and cooks being hired first from Carter County. We worked every single employee last year that wanted to work. There will be three sites this year and buses will be provided to transport the kids. We will be making determinations as to which site the teachers will be working.”
Boone also said the county’s summer school program has been recognized across the region as summer school STEM activities have been shared across the region where the teachers were able to network and plan for activities with teachers from other school districts.
Dr. Tracy McAbee, director of schools, gave an update to the board on the Hunter School Project, explaining bids have been extended 10 days and will be opened at 3 p.m. on May 2.
McAbee also is working with Highway Department Superintendent Roger Colbaugh to acquire pricing on paving the track at Hampton High School and the road leading to Happy Valley High School’s baseball field. “We have $50,000 that the commission voted on a couple of months ago that we can use for one of these and then use what’s left over that will have to be added to,” said McAbee.
Commissioner Gary Bailey appeared before the BOE asking for someone to represent the district at a specially called meeting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, to discuss which radio system will meet the needs of the county from the two systems recently presented to the commission.
Bailey told the board that the county is trying to get input from all parties that will be involved in the use of the radios.
The next workshop for the BOE will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 12 and the regularly-scheduled May meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 19.

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