Only 12 children enrolled in District 91’s enrichment summer school classes as of the first week of May, so the district cancelled the program, Supt. Lou Cavallo announced at the school board meeting on May 10.

“We’ll try again next year,” he said.

The school had offered two summer school programs: a mandatory reading class in the morning for students recommended by teachers and a list of fun classes for the afternoons.

The reading classes will still be held.

“It’s disappointing,” Cavallo told the board. Teachers came up with class ideas, including a cooking class, a Spanish culture class, baseball math and a geography of Chicago class.

Cavallo said the district would prepare an online survey to find out why parents didn’t choose to enroll their children in the program. Board members postulated that students were already signed up for park district camp and other summer activities, and so took a pass on summer school.

“My fear is that teachers put all this work into the classes and they may not be willing to do it again next year,” Cavallo told the board.

Jean Lotus

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