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Perrysburg schools may offer more summer classes

Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler and the school district are looking at the possibility of offering more summer classes and starting to offer night classes for high school students.

In a survey the district did of 856 parents and students, 55 percent of respondents said there should be summer classes, 22 percent said no, and 23 weren't sure.

Now, physical education classes are offered in the summer because students have trouble fitting in those classes during the school year or don't like taking gym during the school day. It also allows the class to meet at a bowling alley or park for the class.

The current summer classes have a fee of $125 for a half credit and $225 for a full credit. Teacher Dave Hall is paid $27.71 a hour for his summer classes.

"I recognize right now people think learning can only occur from September to June from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we don't go beyond that," Mr. Hosler said. "With so many common core classes [during the school year], it squeezes out the options for kids. What if they want more art classes during the summer?"

Mr. Hosler said the survey found interest in summer classes but not in night classes. Night classes are more difficult, with so many students in activities, clubs, and sports after school. He said a plan would have to be in place before December if the board of education wanted to add classes next summer.

There are 147 students enrolled for physical education this summer, 43 in a online health course, and 35 students in math and English "recovery" credit online.

The survey said there were some people opposed to the summer classes, saying it's pushing schools to going year round. But the survey found more parents wanted school year round.

"We're heading that way, where if kids want to graduate early they can," Mr. Hosler said. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com or 419-356-8786 or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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