Over 7,000 students will attend summer school in Marion County this year.
The number was cited by the Marion County School Board during its regular meeting on June 8.
Board members were pleased with the large number of enrolled students, citing a desire for students to get back in the classroom after a year of pandemic uncertainty.
“This year, students really want to be there. Some years you have to chase them down to get them to summer school,” said Marion County School Board Chair Nancy Thrower.
Board member Eric Cummings suggested that socializing offered to students during summer school was more important now than ever in light of the effects of the pandemic on the previous two school years.
The board also took time to specially recognize the dedication of its transportation department, citing complex routing issues that the department tackled in stride.
“The fact that our bus drivers have agreed to work summer school is a testament to their dedication,” said Thrower.