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Summer Stretch enrolls 738 students

This year's Summer Stretch program was dubbed the most successful ever by the New Richmond Board of Education at Monday's regular board meeting.

Thirty-six classes were offered at three different schools for students who had just finished first through seventh grade, said Jess Ferguson, coordinator of curriculum and instruction.

"We had the highest number of students enrolled to date with 738 students attending this year," she wrote in a letter to the board.

During the three-hour school day, students were able to rotate through three different classes, which lasted 60 minutes each. A snack and recess were built into the day after the second class.

Marilyn Duerst, board member, said she's pleased with the program's success.

She said she read an article about summer school losing its stigma and about how well summer programs, "some with more than 700 students participating," are doing in Wisconsin.

"They didn't mention New Richmond specifically, but I wish they did," she said.

Along with 42 teachers, several high school students helped with students k-4. High school helpers were utilized in classrooms with a high number of students, or classes that were very active.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a $22,703 grants from the Sprint Foundation. The grant will be used to support the Responsive Classroom program, a program designed to improve student character, at Starr, Paperjack and Hillside elementary schools.

• Approved the second reading of the district's wellness policy.

• Approved the policy relating to e-mail.

• Appointed Jeff Moberg, high school principal, as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Moberg will oversee positions held by Ferguson and Dan Zacharias, district computer tech.

• The New Richmond Board of Education will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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