At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton Community School Board approved to discontinue the Home School Assistance program in the Chariton Community School District. The vote to do this was unanimous, 4-0, with one board member, Dusty Cain, that was absent.

There weren’t any members of the public present to address this topic either in favor of or against it and it took just a short time to be approved.

Superintendent Larry Achenbach said that the board had addressed this topic at last month’s meeting and said then he thought the district should drop the Home School Assistance Program because the district really wasn’t doing the program the way it’s supposed to be done.

“In this program the way it’s supposed to be done, there’s a teacher that meets with parents face to face and makes house visits. I think we need to discontinue the Home School Assistance Program,” Achenbach said Monday night.

At last month’s meeting, Achenbach had said that in order to run the Home School Assistance program the way it’s recommended to run, that the district would have to hire at least another half-time teacher.

Achenabch said that instead of Home School Assistance, the district is offering an on-line program called Odysseyware that students can use to earn up to eight credits per year.

The Chariton School District will continue to offer Dual Enrollment for those families that want to enroll in Competent Private Instruction, and dual enroll for academics, athletics or both.

Board approves to look at K-8 class sizes each January

The board also approved a recommendation by Achenbach to look at the district’s K-8 class sizes at the January board meeting of each year to begin a discussion of whether a section needs to be added or dropped due to numbers.

This was approved because back at the June meeting, the board had a discussion on whether or not another section possibly needed to be added for third grade numbers for the 2019-20 school year.

Read the August 15, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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