Last Year of Summer School in Tulare?

May 26, 2009 7:33:05 PM PDT
The regular school year is almost over for thousands of high school students. And for many kids, the end of the spring semester or quarter means the beginning of summer school. Students at Tulare Union High School say taking summer classes can take a load off graduation requirements during the school year. They can also give you a head start.Erica Nagel, Junior, says "The one year I took it for a sophomore year class. I took it just to review so I would remember for biology."

Starting next year, Erica Nagel and other students may have to look elsewhere to take summer enrichment courses. State budget cutbacks are forcing Tulare administrators to consider cutting part or possibly all of its high school summer classes.

Michele Borges, Summer School Principal, says "Depending on if there are deeper cuts for the summer school for 2010 we would have to look at further cuts. Whether that means having summer school at all or whether that means looking cutting certain courses." Principal Michele Borges says the district is already suffering a $100,000 loss to this summer's program. With next year's budget losses quadrupling, administrators aren't sure what ... if any ... 2010 summer classes are going to survive.

Vivian Hamilton, District Business Manager, says "There will be reductions to it but what those reductions will be exactly we won't know until we sit down and go through the numbers."

Classes for students who have failed a class during the regular school year will likely still be offered, but enrichment courses would be the first to go. The Tulare Union Elementary School District already scrapped this year's summer school program because of budget shortfalls.

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