The Independence Board of Education elected new officers on Tuesday.

Ann Franklin was elected as president, Jill Esry as vice president, Denise Fears as treasurer and Annette Miller as secretary.

Also, returning board directors Blake Roberson and Denise Fears were sworn into office.

Summer school starts June 2

The district also unveiled its new summer school program. The Summer Success program begins on June 2. This summer school program is different from the previous one because the district is running it themselves. Teachers in the district have been busy creating new curricula for summer school that students should find challenging and exciting, according to information from ISD communications director Nancy Lewis.

Superintendent Dale Herl said the plan is to make summer school more focused on students who have been academically building up all year long.

“A wide range of studies show that teachers spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the school year reviewing material from the previous year,” he said. “Continuous learning helps to combat the learning loss that occurs when students take a break from studying throughout the summer.”

More than 6,000 students have applied for Summer Success, according to Lewis.

More MU Fellows placed

The Independence School District has expanded the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Fellowship Program beyond the elementary level, Assistant Superintendent Beth Savidge announced.

An MU Fellow is a college graduate and state certified teacher working on their master’s degree under the guidance of a district mentor. They learn ISD culture, curriculum and professional development during their fellowship year.

The district has never offered MU Fellow placements at all three elementary, middle and high school levels, but now the program is being offered at Truman High School, Bridger Middle School, Benton Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Procter Elementary and Randall Elementary. Each school now has two MU Fellow placements.

There are 42 former MU Fellows employed within the district.