NEWPORT COAST — Most local teachers, well aware of districtwide budget cuts, don't expect to see students in class this summer. Then there's Joni Summer.
The Newport Coast Elementary School teacher found herself in class Tuesday, teaching mathematical concepts to at least a half-dozen children in what is the only summer school class for miles in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
Already in its second week, the summer school is still taking students from first through sixth grade, she said. It's something Sommer has invested her own money in, having rounded up qualified and certified teachers for the summer school session in the absence of any district-funded programs.
In all, five weeks remain if you want your children to learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.
"It's a win-win-win situation for everybody," said Sommer, who organized the summer school a few months ago, realizing that the pickings were going to be slim because of districtwide budget cuts. "This way, the kids learn, the parents are getting a quality education from us, and the teachers are plying their craft."