Warren County R-III school district sees profit from summer school

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 11/27/23

More students attended the Warren County R-III summer school program in 2023, helping the district to make a profit from the educational opportunity.

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Warren County R-III school district sees profit from summer school


An increase in enrollment during the 2023 summer school session helped the Warren County R-III School District return a profit of almost $200,000. 

The total enrollment for the district’s 2023 summer school session was 908, an increase of over 200 from the 2022 summer school session. The district’s enrollment was 676 in 2022. They also saw a large jump in Average Daily Attendance. The district’s Average Daily Attendance was over 90 in 2023 after coming in at under 70 in 2022. The district’s revenue for summer school comes from the Average Daily Attendance. 

After losing about $83,000 on summer school in 2022, the district brought in over $185,000 in profit for the 2023 summer school year. One change the district made was reinstituting gift cards for students based on attendance. The gift card incentive is offered to students who miss three or fewer days of summer school. 

“It’s pretty clear that giving the gift cards made a big difference at least this time,” Warren County R-III Board President Franci Schwartz said. “So that's good to know.”

Dr. Janelle Stanek, head of the district’s summer school program, said offerings for kindergarten through eighth grade will remain the same during the 2024 summer school session. They plan to add Foundations of Art to the high school summer school curriculum. 

“The students would be able to earn their fine arts credit that they would need in order for graduation,” Stanek said. 

Stanek said they plan to offer summer enrichment camps for the 2024 summer school session. The summer enrichment camps for middle school will be STEM, summer safety, art and physical education. The summer enrichments camps for elementary school will be STEM, physical education, studio art, robotics and kindergarten readiness. 

“I think that the half day kindergarten sounds like a great entry for some people,” Board Vice President Sarah Janes said. “Like you said, some people might not want to do the whole 18 days. They're already bemoaning them leaving in August. But four mornings with a little free lunch at the end might be a more comfortable soft entry.”

Stanek said they plan to continue with the gift card incentive for the 2024 summer school session. They will offer a $100 prepaid Visa gift card for students who miss up to 7.08 hours, which equates to one day. They will offer  $75 for students who miss between 7.08 to 14.16 hours and $50 for students who miss between 14.16 to 21.24 hours. 

“Dr. Stanek put together a wonderful summer school program,” Warren County R-III Superintendent Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith said.”The programming I think has been just fabulous. I think doing it ourselves, remember years ago, we stopped outsourcing it and kind of bringing the gift cards back made a big impact.” 

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