According to Janice Womble, supervisor of secondary education for the school system, a new initiative was implemented this year for students who were in danger of failing.
"The goal of this new program is to identify students who may need some extra help and provide intensive educational support for these students."
The Skill Recovery Class replaces summer school for middle school students.
"In the past, there have been some middle school students who were unable to attend our summer school program due to transportation or family issues and were therefore retained in school," Womble said.
By providing the Skill Recovery program in May, students are given the opportunity to complete the program during the school year.
"The class was stationed at SCHS Vocational Annex and students from three of our middle schools attended," said Womble.
"We believe that this program is a step in identifying students during the school year who need extra interventions and providing a program to support their success."
Students were provided small group instruction on specific skills by the teacher, Paige Shelton, as well as the assistant, Larry Chrismon, in classes which took place at the Vocational Annex at Shelbyville Central High School. There they worked with Compass Learning, a computer-based program which addresses math, science and social studies.
"Students were also given instruction and guidance on areas of need that they should improve on as they developed goals to work toward next year to ensure academic success. This gives them an opportunity to work on those skills so that they can be promoted to the next grade," said Womble.