CALUMET CITY | Calumet City Elementary District 155 will not provide summer school for eighth-graders this year.
Those students will instead attend a summer school program offered by Thornton Fractional North High School for incoming freshmen.
D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday said the T.F North program will concentrate on math and reading skills.
"It's also acclimating them to life skills and survival skills in high school and will get them acclimated in their buildings," Paraday said.
Current eighth-graders who did not achieve a high enough score on a test they had taken will be mandated to attend the summer school program.
"I see this as a win for the student because if they attend, they also will receive a half a credit towards (high school) graduation," Paraday said.
The money that would have been paid to two eighth-grade summer school teachers in D.155 will be used to offer more sections of summer school for grades one through seven, if needed, Paraday said.
Paraday said a letter was given on Thursday to Wentworth Junior High School students who have been chosen to take summer school at T.F. North.
He did not know how many students received the letter.
In other district news, the School Board approved a calendar for the 2014-15 school year.
Paraday said the first day for students will be Aug. 19.
Board Vice President Guy Eveland, a Marine Corps veteran, objected to the calendar because it does not give students and faculty the day off on Veterans Day.