Thursday, August 10, 2000

Cincinnati district plays up start date

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A yellow school bus — dressed in banners that shout out Aug. 29 as the first day of school — will deliver school supplies and information to Cincinnati students and parents throughout the city.

        The “bus blitz” is part of a push to get students back to school on time and ready to learn.

        The campaign was kicked off Wednesday at Douglass Elementary School in Walnut Hills.

        Superintendent Steven Adamowski said the effort goes a long way toward increasing the number of students who report for school on the correct first day.

        “We have created a different dynamic,” Mr. Adamow- ski said. “We've begun to change the laissez-faire attitude about the start of school.”

        It wasn't always this way. In 1998, 3,500 students missed the first week of school. The next year, administrators considered pushing the start date to after Labor Day.

        That's when the idea for a back-to-school campaign was born.

        Results were good: attendance the first week of school was only 3 percent less than the district's attendance rate of 90.4 percent, and much better than the week before Christmas.

        This year, school and community officials expect even better results. Efforts involve financial and volunteer support from more than 150 civic, government and religious organizations.

        “This is truly a community effort,” said parent Spencer Bouldin. “We all need to come together to help the children.”


Storms flash through region
Rules confuse vendors, enforcers
Stadium adds $1.2M in costs
Bengals, usher reps set to talk
FWW connections to open ahead of schedule
Judge: Inmate can get abortion
Police union to blast quotas
Rescuers to be recognized
Beating victim recalls night of terror
Caller may be clue in death
PULFER: Buying time for Murray
Servant to city's poor recognized for his work
Wanted Powerball winner turns self in on DUI charge
Cases of rickets in infants reported
Chuck Berry headlines Taste of Blue Ash
- Cincinnati district plays up start date
Mason to break ground for gym and high school
Norwood to try again for levy; Milford unsure
Walgreens eyes Norwood corner
KNIPPENBERG: Waterfront secret was 98` show
KIESEWETTER: PBS chief promises more live programming
Millions hooked on Billy Bass
Ozzy shows why he's still the best
Pig Parade: Austin Sowers
Who should be cast away?
Argument ends in fatal shooting
Boys jab at Olympic future
Clark's reign in Villa Hills nearing end?
Edgewood asking for more money in Nov. operating levy
Gas fumes send 15 vacationers to hospital
Learning to part with their hair
Lebanon OKs agreement to repair railroad tracks
Man indicted in fatal stabbing of woman
Muskie back in Ky. River
N.Ky. athlete to be honored for work with kids
Patton to speak to Democrats
Radisson roof collapse injures five
School board races have few candidates
Springboro hires superintendent
Third teen in sex case goes to trial
Tire company's actions criticized
Two arrested in drug sales