Whitehall school officials are setting their sights on the summer months.

Whitehall school officials are setting their sights on the summer months.

Dates and programming for the district's annual summer school program, along with its free summer lunch program, have been set.

Board members approved plans earlier this month, approving the use of the former Rosemore Middle School and Kae Avenue Elementary School buildings as the sites for this year's classes. Because of a looming budget deficit, however, programming will remain at a minimum.

This is the second year for the abbreviated program.

In its heyday, around 420 students attended Whitehall's summer school, which included art and music enrichment. With a budget deficit expected by 2016, however, school officials said they have had to make some tough decisions, and paring down the district's summer school program was one of them.

District officials hope to cut roughly $2 million from this year's fiscal budget, which ends in June.

At the elementary level, summer school classes are being offered at the third-grade level for about 45 students. In the past, the district's elementary summer school session was held for students in grades K-5, along with classes for third- through fifth-graders who scored low on the reading portion of the spring Ohio Achievement Test.

Elementary summer school will enroll at-risk students finishing third grade, with classes held at the former Kae Avenue Elementary School building June 12-27. Classes will be daily from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will focus on reading intervention. Fifteen students will be identified for the program at each of the district's three elementary schools.

The district will hold a middle school bridge program as a transition for at-risk students entering middle school in the fall. The program will provide intervention in English, language arts, math, study skills, school expectations and motivation. Classes will be held Aug. 20-24 at the current Rosemore Middle School building. The morning session will last from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session from noon to 3 p.m.

Transportation will be offered to middle school students who normally would ride the bus during the school year.

The district also will continue to offer its Ohio Graduation Test Academy in the summer, along with physical education classes and "Not Yet" (credit recovery) classes in math, science, social studies and language arts.

The Ohio Graduation Test Academy will be held at the former Rosemore Middle School building. Two daily sessions will be offered in mathematics from 8 to 10 a.m. and 10:15 to 12:15 p.m. weekdays; science classes will be 8 to 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. weekdays; and social studies will be taught from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. Classes will run June 11-15.

The Ohio Graduation Test will be administered June 18 through July 1.

"Not Yet" classes for English, math, science and social studies also will be held at the old Rosemore building. Class sizes will be limited to 25 students. Classes will run June 11-27, with math instruction from 8 to 11 a.m., science from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., social studies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and language arts from 1 to 3 p.m.

A physical education class will be held at the old Rosemore building and will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 11-22, with a maximum of 60 students.

Again, a free summer lunch program will be held at the former Rosemore building for all students attending summer programs and any child (up to age 18) living in the surrounding area. Hot lunches will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays, June 11 through Aug. 24, with no lunch served on Independence Day.