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Major improvement in Parent-Teacher Conference participation rate at Coldwater's Lincoln Learning Center this year

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Grading the turnout for last week’s Coldwater School District parent-teacher conferences hasn’t been completed yet one breakout of the attendance figures suggests a major turnaround for the better at the Lincoln Learning Center, which is a K-12 facility for the district.

School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr told the Board of Education at its meeting last night she was given the numbers on Monday for Lincoln’s English Language Learners program, which includes 164 students. Of that number, Kerr reported that 71 parents showed up for the conferences to check on their kid’s progress. That’s a 43% participation rate. The Superintendent said if you examine past E-L-L trends, Lincoln would be lucky to be in the ten percent range. She believes the parents are checking on their children because the kids are talking and in Kerr’s words, things are happening. She commended the Lincoln staff and called it exciting while at the same time, making it clear she didn’t want to take away from other buildings.

Kerr told the board typically there’s a high turnout at the elementaries for conferences, then it starts to diminish toward the tenth and eleventh grade levels. With that in mind, she said the Lincoln improvement was a huge development.