Lack of communication may interfere with knowledge of help-rooms

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter

GRAND LEDGE — The Grand Ledge School Board had a lack of communication informing parents about the intervention program and how it helps students, but plans to get their support. Failure rates in general education subjects decreased 20 to 60 percent due to intervention at Grand Ledge High School, but members of the board realized that the parents’ knowledge of the help-rooms is vital in continuing the decrease. They plan on educating parents about it, possibly by parent-teacher conferences or by informing the teenagers to tell their guardians about the benefits of after-school help sessions. “There are so many things we offer, but some parents have no idea,” said Brody Boucher, board president. Knowledge

Help-rooms are offered in math, science, social studies and English from 7 a.m., through lunch, and close at 4:30 p.m. — with over 1,000 students attending every trimester in each subject.

Intervention programs to grow in Grand Ledge schools

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge School Board members agreed with the high school’s intervention board to try to expand the Grand Ledge Public Schools’ help-room program to allow more students to succeed. After a presentation from the intervention board at the school board work meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 10, both parties decided on expanding the program that already sees more than 1,000 students in each help-room per semester. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students who are struggling to be able to go to a special room where they’ll be able to get specific help,” said Brian Metcalf, the Grand Ledge superintendent. “Obviously we’re seeing the failure rates decrease and student learning increase, which is really what we are all about.”

The subjects offered in help-rooms are: social studies, science, math and English. Metcalf and the other school board members saw the rates of improvement in the presentation.