With the school year drawing to a close, Whitehall school officials are setting their sights on the summer months.

With the school year drawing to a close, Whitehall school officials are setting their sights on the summer months.

Dates and programs 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, giving their collective nod of approval to the use of the Etna Road Elementary School as the sites for this year's classes.

Classes last summer were at the old Rosemore Middle School and the old Kae Avenue Elementary School.

According to Superintendent Judyth Dobbert-Meloy, the switch is because of construction and demolition schedules.

Some of the programs will be shifted to later in the summer, as well, she said.

"With all the extra construction that is going on at our sites this summer, we don't have the space to run our programs as usual," she said. "We will have demolition going on at the old Kae building and renovations on the inside of the remaining part, as well as site work there. We will be taking down the old C. Ray building and the old Rosemore buildings, as well. There will be site work and additional parking put in on those sites also."

The change in venue, though, will mean a much cooler learning environment for students attending summer programs. The district,s old schools did not have air conditioning.

At the elementary level, summer school classes are being offered at the third-grade level for about 45 students.

Elementary summer school will enroll at-risk students finishing third grade, and classes will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15-21 at Kae Avenue Elementary School 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 also will continue to offer its Ohio Graduation Test Academy this summer, along with physical education classes and "Not Yet" (credit recovery) classes in English, math and science.

The Ohio Graduation Test Academy will be held at the old Rosemore Middle School. Classes will run from June 17 through 21, with the OGT set for administration June 24-28. Students must complete at least 10 hours of intervention for each content area.

"Not Yet" classes for English, math and science also will be held at Kae Avenue. Class size will be limited to 25 students. Classes will run from June 17 through July 3, with math instruction from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m.; science from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and language arts from noon to 3 p.m.

A physical education class will be held at the old Rosemore and will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 through July 2, with a maximum of 60 students.

Finally, the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools will offer makeup credit classes from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 17 to July 2. The total cost of each class is $135, but the school district will pay for $68 of the fee. The district will provide transportation.

Again, a free summer lunch program will be held in conjunction with the summer school program, this year at Etna Road Elementary School's cafeteria. Lunch will begin June 17 and end Aug. 23.

Lunch is open for children in the community regardless of whether they are attending summer school and will be served at 11:30 a.m. No lunch will be served July 4 or 5.