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A plan to offer a summer school remedial reading program for first-grade pupils was presented Wednesday to the School Board.

A report outlined by elementary principal Lynne Gowan and three reading teachers asks the board to authorize the program to start next summer. Part of the rationale for the program is to help children who have difficulty reading before it carries over to other school subjects.

"The earlier that intervention is available for children experiencing difficulties in the development of reading abilities, the more the overall detrimental affects can be minimized," the report states.

The report also notes that pupils first learn to read and then read to learn.

However, Superintendent James Mills noted that an increase in summer school programs adds to the work load for the administration. "These programs don't run themselves," he said.

The cost of running the summer school reading program was estimated at $9,000.

Under the plan, about 30 pupils would be placed in two six-week sessions that would meet for 1 1/2 hours three times a week.

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