Poverty grows in Janesville School District
The Janesville School Board faces the reality of growing poverty levels among students in the district. Director of Student Services Yolanda Gargile last night showed the board poverty levels have roughly doubled in a decade to almost 50 %. Poverty is judged by the number of students on free or reduced lunch. Board member Scott Feldt says this should be a concern, not just for the school district, but for the community. Board member Scott Murray says the number of low income families may be even higher because many older students may not be taking advantage of the free or reduced lunch program. At least one-third of the total student population in all district schools falls within the low income category. Of these, Wilson Elementary has the highest percentage at 90%. Harrison Elementary is the lowest at 33%.