Gloversville board learns about summer school

GLOVERSVILLE – Principals and education officials spoke to the Gloversville Enlarged School District’s Board of Education on Tuesday, updating them on the summer school program.

Gloversville High School Principal Rich DeMallie and Director of Secondary Curriculum Jim Wager both led a presentation for the high school’s summer school program.

According to the presentation, 208 students enrolled in the school, taking 474 courses. By July 11, 38 students dropped out of 94 classes. Ultimately, 82 percent of the students completed the school and 80 percent of the courses were completed.

In 2013, 129 entered the school and 113, or 88 percent, passed.

DeMallie said a full complement of courses were made available for students, both with and without a regents.

“We are very happy to house the summer school and we hope to do that in the future,” DeMallie said. “When we do house it, our goal is not to have as many kids in summer school, but if we have to, we like to have it here.”

Previously, DeMallie said summer school was held in Amsterdam.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said students tend to find it easier to attend summer school at their own school.

DeMallie said going forward, the school would need to talk to Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services to make sure the course curriculum is still satisfactory.

The presentation also included Regents exam results, comparing students who took the exams after summer school and “walk-in” students.

For the summer school students, there was a 72 percent failure rate. For the “walk-in” students, there was a 77 percent failure rate.

Compared to 2013, summer school student failures dropped by 2 percent, but “walk-ins” went from 62 percent to 77 percent.

“Walk-ins” refers to students who are taking a Regents exam but did not go through summer school.

Vanyo said some students may seek to retake the regents if they did not get a good score.

“Typically, if they did not take a course during the summer, they don’t usually do any better. And that is something we have to address,” Vanyo said.

Wager and DeMallie both said goals for the 2014 school year include reducing course failures by 10 percent, increasing attendance by 2 percent, increasing proficiency in regents examinations by 5 percent and increasing the number of students reading at or above grade level by 5 percent.