Haverhill eighth graders in danger of failing to graduate will have to complete mandatory summer school next year before attending high school, Mayor James J. Fiorentini told WHAV last week.
Next year, Fiorentini plans to resurrect the program he says is crucial to public school success. Through the program—funded last time around through the city budget instead of the school department budget—eighth graders will no longer be socially promoted and must pass the summer school program in order to become high school freshmen.
“Extended learning time is a very important thing to me. We had the summer school a few years ago and they had a tremendous attendance record and a lot of success,” Fiorentini told WHAV. “I give the superintendent a lot of credit for bringing it back. There’s all sort of studies that say that extended learning time works. It’s the one thing we know works to improve public education. I’m a big, big supporter and I’ll make sure it’s funded.”
The sessions will be held at Haverhill High School, according to Superintendent Margaret Marotta. Parents interested in finding out more about the program are encouraged to contact their child’s principal.