Summer bummer, District reduces summer school courses

As if the talk about the district’s budget cuts hasn’t been like a broken record, there is more to come.

Aside from Rockwood’s own personal deficit, the state has cut funding for the entire district.

The Summer Academy programs can cost up to nearly a million dollars. Thus cutting back on summer courses would save an immense $900,000 next year.

“For the most part, there will be minimal disadvantages that come with the summer school courses being cut,” Dr. White said. “We have to make these types of changes for the sake of saving money.”

It’s not the entire summer school program, however, that is being cut.

Recovery classes, for students who need to make up failed credits will remain. However, this summer, all classes will be cut for students just wanting to receive extra credits early. The only classes presented for extra credit are Art Fundamentals and Personal Fitness and Wellness.

“Basically we are just cutting all enrichment classes and only offering recovery options,” Mrs. Strausser said. “Students will still have the opportunity to take summer classes and will be able to graduate, which is the entire purpose of summer school.”

Students that hoped to get ahead in their academic credits will now have to take regular semester classes.

“When I was a freshman I used the summer school programs to get ahead in my credits,” Nicole Borroff (12) said. “I took some art and physical education classes so I had more room in my schedule to take classes that I actually wanted to take. I feel bad for the kids who don’t have room in their schedule because they have to fill their requirements.”

Now that weightlifting will no longer be a summer school option, many students and all athletes will struggle to find a replacement.

“Summer weightlifting is still an option but now it is $125 instead of being free,” Ryan Bequette (11) said. “I won’t be doing weightlifting anymore so I will have to use a gym or something as a replacement so I can prepare for football season.”

While students are stripped of some of their summer tradition, our district will keep adjusting to accommodate our ever-changing budget cuts.