District ups attendance ante

William Ferchland

There will be bracelets, weekend detention and a free car in continuing efforts by Lake Tahoe Unified School District to boost attendance rates.

The incentive program to pull the district’s average attendance rate from last year’s 92.7 percent to 97 percent next year is set to be discussed at a board meeting scheduled to begin at 6 tonight at district offices at 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.

Revamped and renamed to the 95/10 program, the district is pushing the 95 percent mark by advising students not to miss more than 10 days of school.

A district-wide attendance rate increase of 1.8 percent would equal $400,000 in revenue since attendance is tied to state funding.

Like last year, students will be enticed with incentives. Elementary students who attend school more than 95 percent of each month will receive different color rubber wristbands made popular by Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong campaign.

Middle school students who meet the attendance requirement will be given “special activities” while those who fall behind will be given Saturday school, according to an agenda document filed by Superintendent Jim Tarwater.

Those in high school who want to emulate Jessica Hunneycut, who won a car for having a 97 percent attendance rate, will have to maintain 2.0 or better grade-point average with a minimum attendance rate of 95 percent.

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