Summer school plan may be dismissed

The local public school board will decide next Tuesday whether it’s worthwhile to go ahead with a summer school program for grade eight students in July.
Just 28 students from Rainy River to Atikokan had been enrolled in the summer school as of Friday. The board had said it needed 15 students per site–Fort Frances, Emo, Rainy River, and Atikokan–to proceed.
“At this point, even the 12 that are enrolled in Atikokan are below the required number,” said Tom Fry, curriculum co-ordinator for the board.
Seven students enrolled in Fort Frances, with four signed up in Rainy River and three in Emo.
Fry will be presenting his case to the board at a special meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at its office here.
“We’re getting into a time crunch, and we really have to let the kids and parents know what’s going to happen,” he noted, adding he was unable to speculate how the board could salvage the low numbers in order to make the program feasible.
The possibility of summer school first surfaced about six weeks ago when the Ministry of Education and Training made money available to school boards to prepare grade eight students who may not be ready for the new secondary school curriculum.
Areas of focus included English and math.
If it goes ahead, the summer school would run half-days, five days a week, from July 5-30.
But it remains to be seen if it still will be offered at Robert Moore School here, Donald Young in Emo, Riverview in Rainy River, and Atikokan High School as initially planned.