Troy summer reading program pleases students and parents
By Marianne Eisenbrandt For The Herald-News August 29, 2012 8:20AM
Some of the books on display for the Troy School District Summer Reading Program. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 4, 2012 6:04AM
JOLIET — If success can be measured by numbers, the Troy School District Summer Reading Program was very successful.
Anne Gmazel, assistant superintendent for educational achievement, presented the Troy School Board with an evaluative report of the program.
Libraries at Troy Shorewood, Troy Heritage Trail and William B. Orenic Intermediate schools were open June 18 to July 31.
Gmazel said 600 students visited the libraries during that time. The average number of students per week was 109.6.
Of the $3,200 budgeted for supplies, $1,621 was expended. Of the $2,400 budgeted for Learning Resource Center associate salaries, $2,098 was used.
Gmazel said both parents and students loved the program. Kids were able to check out books, make crafts and read books at the schools.
She noted parents loved that their kids were able to keep reading over the summer.
“Parents appreciated the fact that we were working in conjunction with the public library, their kids were able to participate in all the public program special days but come to our school to check their logs,” Gmazel said.
In other business, the board voted to place the fiscal year 2012-13 budget of $47.8 million on display and established the public hearing regarding the budget for 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 19.
It also was reported that the process has begun to bring online registration to Troy.
“Online registration would bring efficiency to a time-comsuming process that is taking place when a parent/guardian has to register their child or children for the school year,” said Ken Surma, director of operations.
EdAutomate was identified as the preferred company to transition the district from paper to the Internet. Transition is expected to take place by May 2013.
In other action, the board approved extracurricular sponsors: Carrie Upjohn, cross country; Ryan Kath, intramural football; and Monica Jackson and Christine Thoele, student council.