The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District will offer summer school this year, but parents will have to pay for it.
Classes starting Monday will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Absegami High School in Galloway Township. Registration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Absegami, Wednesday at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City and Thursday at Oakcrest High School in Hamilton Township. Parents must attend registration, and payment is by cash or money order only.
Cost for classes is $280, but the tuition is income-based and students who were in the free or reduced-fee meal program during the school year could qualify for free or reduced-rate tuition.
Margaret Doran, supervisor of special projects for the district, said the courses offered are only for students who failed classes during the school year and need to earn makeup credits. No transportation will be provided.
“This is remedial only,” she said. “Students can’t take a course for advancement.”
Students may only register for one class. Most academic subjects are being offered, but at least 12 students must register for a class to be held. If fewer than 12 register, the class will be canceled and families will get a full refund or can apply the money toward another class.
Doran said students from outside the Greater Egg district can also attend but are not eligible for the discount.
The district had not offered summer school for years because of the cost. Two years ago, many districts eliminated summer school when state aid was reduced, but the state Legislature changed the law and allowed districts to charge a fee to cover costs
Doran said that once the law was changed, Superintendent Steve Ciccariello wanted to bring back summer school. She said that depending on the response, it could expand to the other high schools in the district.
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