Board Adds Summer Session

The Lauderdale County School Board met in special session Thursday to consider making changes for 2003-2004.

The board voted to approve a pilot program for an extended school year at northeast middle school.

It's for all failing students in the district in grades five through eight. The summer session starts June 10.

"Students just do not learn at the same rate, and we hope during the summer months, students will get additional strategies," said curriculum director Clara Godine. "They'll be in smaller group settings and they can acquire some of the skills that they did not acquire during the regular school year."

"In the past, our students have had to go to Meridian Public Schools for summer school or to Sumter County. This is going to be convenient as well as beneficial to our students and parents," said Northeast Middle School principal Richard Kelly.

Students who are failing one of the key courses may be promoted based on passing an exit exam after the six-week course of study.

The board also made changes to the student handbook, in how valedictorians and salutatorians are chosen.