By Samantha Mariano
Summer school will take place from June 18 to July 20. Classes are from Monday through Friday at 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remedial summer school, which is for students who must make up for a failing grade or missing credits required for graduation, is free. On the other hand, enrichment summer school will be $200 per semester and $150 for students in the free and reduced lunch program. Enrichment is for students who would like to retake an A-G class after receiving a ‘D’, or who are determined to receive credits earlier.
Attendance rates in the district have improved 1.7 percent since 2009-2010 due to the district’s Attention2Attendance system.
After attendance dropped to 95.7 percent during the 2009-2010 school year from the average 96, the district took the initiative and spent $86,900 of state funds to newly install the system during October of last school year.
According to Assistant Principal Tanya Stoddard, the cost of the system covers the postage of the letters that are sent every two weeks to the 30 schools in the district with large student populations.
The system reports unexcused absences through automated letters sent to notify parents. GUSD currently receives approximately $132 million for the school year, depending on the average daily attendance of all students.
Because of a lack in state funds, University of California (UC) regents proposed raising student tuition another six percent starting next fall, resulting in an additional $732 tuition hike for each student.
According to UC Media Specialist Dianne Klein, regents are currently negotiating with the state for $125 million worth of funds. However, if this plan does not follow through and UC schools continue to face deficits, they will have to decide on more cutbacks, job layoffs, and/or tuition hikes.