With just under three weeks left until the start of the new school year, Palm Beach County School District administrators are working to add extended school days at four more elementary schools.
The cost of that additional time at those four schools: $1.6 million, which is on top of the approximately $5.9 million the district is already shelling out to give 17 other schools that additional hour of reading classes.
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Extended school days
Following are the 5 Palm Beach County public elementary schools that landed on this year’s list of lowest 100 in the state in terms of reading:*
Hope-Centennial in suburban West Palm Beach
Pioneer Park in Belle Glade (was also on the list last year)
Highland in Lake Worth
KEC/Canal Point in Canal Point
Pine Grove in Delray Beach
Following are the 17 elementaries that the district will continue offering an extra hour:
Washington, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Lincoln in Riviera Beach;
Pahokee in Pahokee;
West Riviera in suburban Riviera Beach;
Galaxy in Boynton Beach;
Grove Park in Palm Beach Gardens;
Lake Park in Lake Park;
South Grade and Barton in Lake Worth;
Northmore, Belvedere and Pleasant City in West Palm Beach;
Belle Glade, Glade View and Rosenwald in Belle Glade (Rosenwald is getting an extra hour because it shares a campus with Pioneer Park)
*The list is calculated based on the percentage of students in the school reading at proficient levels, and on the percentage making learning gains in reading.
Source: Palm Beach County School District.