Summer School Cancelled, But Some Programs To Continue

By Luke Phillips
Holtville Unified School District Superintendent Jon LeDoux confirmed that the district’s regular summer school program has been cancelled, but he says there will still be plenty going on at Holtville schools this summer.
“The (state) budget cuts did get our summer school program,” LeDoux said. “The funding just wasn’t available like it was in the past.”
LeDoux says some specially-funded summer programs will continue as they have in the past.
The district’s College Begins in Kindergarten Program, which is funded through the College-Going Initiative Program, will be available for students entering Kindergarten this fall. The academy-style program will teach future students what they need to know to be successful in Kindergarten in a fun, action-packed environment.
An Algebra Academy will be offered through a partnership with the Imperial County Office of Education for interested 7th and 8th grade students. Qualified students will be notified soon, and classes are to be held on the Finley Elementary campus.
Education will continue through the summer for special needs students who need on-going schooling as prescribed by their Individual Education Program plan.
Students who need additional credits in order to graduate will still be offered a Credit Recovery Program that will allow them to earn their diploma by the end of the summer.
Migrant Summer School, which is funded through the Imperial County Office of Education Migrant Department will also be available to all identified migrant students.
Federally-funded Adult Education Summer School will offer English as a Second Language courses as well as Citizenship Classes and High School Diploma track classes for interested adults in the community.
All summer school programs will run from June 14 to July 9, with observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 5.
Despite the cancellation of most summer school programs, the Food Services Department will continue with their Summer Feed Program. Breakfast and lunch will be offered free of cost to all community members under the age of 18 at the Finely Elementary cafeteria every Monday through Friday except July 5. The Summer Feeding Program began last year and was very popular with the community.
According to LeDoux, the school district will be saving $105,000 by offering only specially-funded programs.