02/09/12 Although it’s only February, the Plymouth School Board has already begun to look into summer projects and school sessions. During a regular board meeting on February 7, the Board heard reports from Maintenance Director Dave Schoof and Superintendent Dan Tyree.

Schoof requested permission to begin gathering estimates for projects at every building in the corporation. He said, “We can’t finalize until the state approves the budget.” Projects being considered include, but are not limited to: Jefferson Elementary and Riverside Intermediate, fire alarm upgrades; parking lot addition to Webster Elementary; and blacktop repairs or sealing of parking lots at a number of the schools. Projects atPlymouthHigh Schoolcould include carpet replacement in three rooms, electrical upgrades, water line repairs and pool demolition. According to Schoof, the estimated total is $647,000.

The adding of a parking lot at Webster Elementary will allow separate areas for parents and school bus drop-offs.

Tyree explained that they may be limiting the number of students enrolled in summer school due to decreased funding from the state. He said classes at the high school level would be selected from courses needed for graduation; however, others could be added if the funding is available.

Also pending is an IREAD program for grades K-8. Tyree indicated that they would use the two weeks following the end of school for the IREAD series for grades 1,2  and 3 due, in part, to the requirement that any student not passing the third grade reading level test would not be eligible to advance to fourth grade this fall. He said students are allowed one retest.

Proposed dates include the first session at PHS from June 4-June 29; second session from July 2-July 30 (with July 4 being a vacation day) and IREAD from June 4-June 15.

Carol Anders Correspondent