Summer school programs at the Bartholomew County School Corporation are the latest victim of the economic downturn. BCSC officials are scaling-back elementary school summer programs, and eliminating summer classes in middle schools altogether.
BCSC Director of Secondary Education Bill Jensen says one of the larger goals of summer school has been bringing students up to speed for statewide testing. But this year, the state’s I-STEP standardized testing is being moved to the spring. Jensen says the move might mitigate the impact of summer school cutbacks.
At the middle school level – yeah, we’re a little concerned with that,” Jensen says. “But again, that means we’ll just have to work harder during the school year – and we don’t know how this new testing format’s going to be, with the [I-STEP] testing moving to the spring.”
But since preparing students for the I-STEP test has been a focus of BCSC’s summer school program, Jensen says he’s not sure what the full impact of cutbacks will be.
“There are a lot of unknowns that are still out there,” Jensen says.
Jensen says the cuts will save the BCSC about $400,000. High school summer programs won’t be impacted.