Outside group will manage West Platte's summer school
The West Platte School District Board of Education has
voted to have an independent corporation manage this year's
summer school program.
With hopes of improvement upon last year's program, the
board elected to have Edison Schools manage this year's
program for the district.
"We felt like they could offer some things that
we couldn't," stated Kyle Stephenson, West Platte
This year the district has 275 students signed up for
the summer school program out of 680 students.
"Last year we did okay, but we didn't generate the
type of numbers as this year," said Stephenson. "We've
had declining enrollment throughout the school year, so
hopefully summer school will be the way to make up for
Stephenson stated that West Platte will still be responsible
for the facilities, staff and the food service throughout
The board also heard a report regarding the early childhood
program. Stephenson reported that the district has applied
for a grant from the state, and expects to hear the status
of the grant between mid-June and July. The program, which
will be a preschool program for students in the district,
will begin August 15. Stephenson stated if the district
is unable to receive the grant, the cost to start the
program will range from $12-14,000.
An update of the building report was heard by board members.
Stephenson stated that the underground work has been completed,
the slab for the addition has been poured and the steel
arrived on Tuesday. The addition to the school is expected
to be completed by July 28.
Stephenson also notified the board that their 8th grade
and 11th grade students were acknowledged by the Missouri
Department of Education in two areas of most improved
proficient and advanced MAP scores. The 8th grade was
acknowledged in the area of math, and the 11th graders
were acknowledged in communication arts.
Kindergarten round-up was another success, according
to Stephenson. The district screened 40 students during
round-up and is expecting an estimated class size of around
50 students at the beginning of the next school year.
Stephenson stated, "The number of students we're
expecting next year is following suit over the past couple