EPS board hears about summer school program

EVART — Evart Elementary students in need of a little more reading practice over the summer may be able to participate in a new program at the school. Principal Sarah Bailey discussed the additional schooling program during the Evart Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 12.

“We’ve been doing the government-sponsored feeding program throughout the summer,” Bailey said, noting the program was moved to the elementary last summer due to construction at the middle school. “One of my teachers, Aaron Wetters, suggested running an Accelerated Reader program with the food program.

“It was a huge success. We want to offer this again this year.”

An extension of the Accelerated Reading program will be the new initiative, which will give extra literacy instruction to selected first- through fourth-graders to help boost their literacy up to grade level.

“We found the funds to provide transportation,” Bailey said, noting students would be brought to the school in the morning for lessons and fed lunch before going home. “It’s a really holistic program.”

Bailey estimates 30 students may take part in the opportunity this summer.

In other meeting business, board members:

• Approved Bart Gallinger as custodial/maintenance supervisor for the 2017-18 school year, and

• Approved the resignation of Nancy Brewer and Stacy Mosher.

The next EPS board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in the board room, located at 321 N. Hemlock St., Evart.