The Bethalto School District is scrambling to pool its assets as they try to help meet the needs of students after receiving news earlier this month that two schools in the district did not meet the state's Adequate Yearly Progress standards. District Superintendent Dr. Cindy Blasa informed the board of the news during last night’s meeting and explained the process going forward.

Dr. Blasa says they must first send out letters to the parents of students from Meadowbrook Elementary and Trimpe Middle School. Those letters will read in part:

She is also urging parents to get more involved.

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Blasa said the two schools will offer additional learning programs including after school tutoring. Both schools will also be categorized as “choice”, meaning that the district would be required to give students a choice to attend a different school in the district if possible. Since that is not in this case, parents would then have the option to send their child to a neighboring school district, however Blasa said that none of those neighboring districts have indicated they would be willing to accept additional students at this time.

In other business, Business Manager Russell Clover presented the board with a preliminary look at the budget from this past year, which showed that the district outspent in some areas but also revealed where the state still owes them money. He will give a formal presentation on the budget for this fiscal year next month.

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