The Westerville Board of Education unanimously approved the courses and fees for summer school classes during a brief meeting Monday night.

The Westerville Board of Education unanimously approved the courses and fees for summer school classes during a brief meeting Monday night.

Debbie Meissner, coordinator of the Office of Student Services, told the board that this year's course load includes some new additions.

"The curriculum always changes a little, but this year all of the courses are consistent with previous years -- with some additions, including repeat science courses that may be beneficial to our students," Meissner said.

This year's summer offerings include a kindergarten readiness camp for incoming kindergarten students who have little or no school setting experience. That class will take place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7 at a cost of $65.

A summer enrichment academy will be offered June 22-26 for students entering second through sixth grades, also at a cost of $65.

School board member Cindy Crowe said the district neither makes nor loses money on its summer school programs, which are offered as a benefit to the community.

According to Meissner, the district offers high school summer courses in physical education, language arts, mathematics, health education, social studies, business technologies, Spanish and other electives. Classes are also offered in business technologies, visual and performing arts and science.

The district also offers Ohio Graduation Test intervention and testing through the program, as well as middle school intervention classes for grades 6-8 in language arts, history, science and math. Middle school intervention is available June 15 through July 16.

Meissner told the board the program has included the enrichment camps in the past.

"Right now, we're calling for proposals from district teachers on what they'd like to challenge our students with in the camps this year," she said. "When those are presented, they'll be looked over by our academic teams and added."

Meissner said about 1,500 students participate in summer school programs annually.

A complete listing of times, dates and costs for summer school programs is available online at www.wcsoh.org.

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