Incentives set to boost school attendance
Posted by : September 25, 2013| On :
The Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–The Kemp Independent School District kicked off the 2013-14 school year with 1,363 students, and that is a figure school administrators want the average daily attendance to reflect as closely as possible throughout the year.
School officials are shooting for a 96 percent average daily attendance rate, and they are planning penalties and incentives to encourage it. The plan was outlined at the district’s board meeting Sept. 16.
The high school attendance plan includes making contacts by phone and documenting each day a student is absent. Warning letters and truancy filings will result if students skip school. Teachers will issue computer Internet and homework passes at their discretion.
In the intermediate school homerooms without absences will be designated with a star in the hallway, and homeroom teachers with exemplar attendance will be recognized in morning assembly. The homeroom class with the best attendance for each nine-week period will receive class treats such as root beer floats, popcorn and snow cones. Every nine weeks there will be a drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card for both a student with perfect attendance and a parent of such a student.
In the primary school students with perfect attendance for the previous week will be randomly selected to receive their choice of a “treasure box” item. The items might include books, Hot Wheel cars, sheets of stickers and Play Dough. The students will also have their name read during morning announcements, and a group picture will be taken and posted to the Primary Facebook page.
In the junior high school, students with perfect attendance every four and one-half weeks will receive a “Jacket Buck” to redeem at the Snack Shack. Five students will receive from a drawing a $10 gift card to various businesses. Every nine weeks three parents of students with perfect attendance will receive from a drawing a $25 gift card to Walmart.
For staff, three teachers with perfect attendance every nine weeks will be selected from a drawing to receive $25 Walmart gift cards.
In other business, trustees:
• recognized students of the month: Johnathan White, Primary Campus; Logan Rice, Intermediate Campus; Kassandra Mast, Junior High Campus and Jose Baeza, High School Campus.
• recognized employees of the month: Greg Thomas, KISD Maintenance Department auxiliary; Angela Penland, Kemp Intermediate Campus paraprofessional and Londie Lemons, Kemp Junior High Campus professional.
• recognized First Baptist Church of Kemp Pastor Russel l Bryan and Student Pastor Ryan Smith, noting the church had hosted a school district convocation meeting dinner, feeding 230 people.
• approved the submission of a Texas Education Agency waiver for class sizes possibly exceeding the 22 to 1 ratio for kindergarten, first and second grades during the school year. One class now exceeds the ratio by one and others are at the maximum.
• heard Dr. Jim Collingsworth was installed as the KISD Education Foundation chair.