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|School Attendance Plan Pushed in District 205 -- DOWNLOAD PARENT INFO GUIDE HERE
|The Galesburg School District is apparently ready to make sure kids get to school starting Monday, and get to school every after that.
District-205 and Galesburg Police officials held a news conference Friday to formally announce a new attendance and truancy plan approved just Monday -- constructed with the help of a consulting firm the district paid $50,000 to for the development and marketing of the plan.
Superintendent Gene Denisar says attendance is possibly the only area where students aren't doing very well.
"District 205 students achieve at a very high level on many measures of academic achievement," Denisar said. "Still, there is one area in which we have lagged behind state averages for a number of years. That area is student attendance."
Denisar admits, though, that there are really two motives behind trying to improve student attendance.
"...that will bring into focus the importance of attendance for student achievement, and as a means of maximizing state aid for our school district," Denisar said.
In other words, the better student attendance is, the more state aid dollars the district could receive.
The plan includes using Galesburg police officers to get potentially truant kids seen on the street during the school day back to class, and meetings between parents and administrators among other things.
To download a brochure being sent home to every district parent, CLICK HERE (pdf document).
(Dr. Gene Denisar, District 205 Superintendent, recognizes city and other leaders during a press conference Friday morning at Galesburg High School. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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