Elementary summer school wasn't finished when Principal Brian Blum was trying to figure out a way to increase enrollment next year.

Elementary summer school wasn't finished when Principal Brian Blum was trying to figure out a way to increase enrollment next year.

Ninety students attended the 13-day program for second- through fifth-grade students at Hoffman Trails. It concluded on June 24.

Blum, the Brown Elementary principal, said he plans to return as the principal again next year, but he would like to see the enrollment more than double to 200 students.

Twelve of the 14 elementary schools in the district had students attending the three-hour a day program. Beacon and Scioto Darby were the only buildings in the district without students in attendance.

Students cannot be required to attend summer school. "We can strongly suggest, yes," said Blum.

The enrichment portion of summer school usually draws students who enjoy learning and being active, but there is a mixed population among the regular studies portion of summer school.

At least one student told Blum that his mother did not want him spending the entire summer playing on the computer all day. Therefore, she has signed him up for summer school for the past three years.

About 15 to 20 parents called Blum for more in-depth information about the program before committing their children to the classes.

After offering details and learning where the students are in their regular classroom studies, he typically tells parents that the program sounds like a good fit for their children.

If parents were interested in having their children focus specifically on math or specifically on reading, Blum explained that they might not want to invest the required dollars for the self-supporting summer school.

This year, he said, summer school consisted of a combination of both math and literacy.

It is difficult to find a way to tie math into reading, but reading can be tied into math.

Blum said he walked into a classroom where a teacher was reading a story based on fractions in the second week of summer school.

Representatives of the Hilliard branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library went into the schools on June 22 and signed up students for the summer reading program in order to provide a continuation of literacy.

After talking with the parents this year, Blum said, he may propose some changes before the end of the calendar year as the staff prepares for next year's summer school.

"I've already pitched a few things to the teachers about what I would like to do and they're really excited about it," said Blum. "They think it is a positive change. I think you can't keep it the same from year to year. We have tweaked it a little bit, but I would really like to, if allowed, to tweak it some more."

By having a math wing and a reading wing, Blum believes his group can teach the fundamentals of each subject, along with enrichment.

"I really do think we could have 200 kids like that," he said, snapping his fingers.