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|Galesburg School Addresses Question About Spending $50K on Attendance Program
|Galesburg School District officials maintain $50,000 is money well spent for the formation of a plan to get more students to come to -- and stay at -- school.
They used a press conference Friday morning to kick off the plan dubbed "Dream Big...Every Day...School" now that teachers are back in class ahead of students having to be there Monday.
The 50-grand was given to a group called Leadership Matters to help develop and market the plan. WGIL's Will Stevenson asked District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill if this was something the district could do without having to spend $50,000. The question was not directly answered.
"Clearly, this is an initiative the district needed to undertake, if only because of what we see in our state report card," Cahill said. "While we are a high-performing school district as recently evidenced by those state report cards, we clearly show that attendance is an area of concern. We not only need to be at state averages, but above state averages, because this district desires to be an above-average district."
The goal is to increase student attendance from 92% to 93%, and could result in Galesburg Police officers literally transporting kids to class if they're found to be on the street.
You can read about the attendance plan more by CLICKING HERE.
(A Galesburg school bus parked in front of Galesburg High School Friday morning displays some of the signs used in the marketing campaign for District-205's new attendance push. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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