Summer programs a success for DD2
Summer enrichment programs including Compass, ALEKS, APEX and online Blended Learning accommodated more than 2,500 students this summer across Dorchester District Two.
In a presentation to the Board of Trustees Monday night, DD2’s Shelly Bostwick and Jeff Allen noted that over the summer, statistically, children lose on average two months of learning. Consequently, of the 36 weeks of school each year, four to six weeks are spent reteaching (reviewing) what had been taught the year before.
To help prevent this, DD2 offers summer enrichment programs that not only keep students stimulated, preventing learning loss, but offer opportunities for students to get ahead.
For the Pre-K – 8 Compass Learning OSE, 1,977 participated with 534 meeting the 16-hour goal. These children completed 20,364 hours with an average score of 85 percent.
ALEKS math participation which helps middle schoolers prepare for Algebra I, had 293 participants averaging between four and seven hours. Administrators note that since the initiation of the ALEKS program, enrollment in Algebra I has doubled.
High schoolers logged more than 425 hours of work in 105 individual course enrollments with APEX over the summer and the Online Blended Learning had 149 students with an average grade of 89.18.
The board also heard from Deb Hargrove about the district’s health and wellness initiative which, she says, will include students, staff and parents.
She noted that Trident Health was on board as was the Boeing-MUSC Lean Team.
The Construction Committee report noted that the committee had met with representatives from the YMCA to discuss siting of the new Aquatic Center. The committee heard the Y’s preferences and will takes those into consideration, said committee and board member Sam Clark.
In an impromptu report, requested by board Chair Gail Hughes, Capitol Improvements Facilitator Robert Folkman brought the board up to date on construction noting that there had been a meeting with the county to coordinate its involvement with Elementary School 1 – Pine Trace, and who would be responsible for what with regard to traffic.
Folkman reported there has been an initial meeting with MeadWestvaco to discuss site layout and their vision but assured the board that it would have control over the schools’ architecture. He said that the district would be working with the SCDOT with regard to traffic after board member Barbara Crosby said she has heard parental concerns regarding traffic.
Folkman noted that a car count in 2012 had 3,200 trips per day past Summer Road on Highway 61 as opposed to the Ponds’ site (that had been under consideration) where the car count for the same time period was 13,000.
The board discussed offering a Request for Proposal (RFP) for legal services since its legal representation specializing in construction issues has left the law firm that services DD2.
After some debate about having an attorney present during all board meetings, the cost that would represent, and the district’s satisfaction with its current representation, the board voted six to one to offer an RFP.