Financially strapped schools have a big problem this time of year. Summer school is just one more thing making for a tight budget in Brownwood ISD.
Of the six STAAR tests taken by students at Brownwood High ISD, only one met or exceeded the state average.
The state recently mandated that students who did not pass a STAAR test, must retake the test until they pass.
Summer school began one week after classes let out this year, not leaving much time for a summer vacation.
"You're not letting a kid be a kid, and you're not letting families be families..it's just got to stop," said Superintendent Reece Blincoe.
Brownwood ISD is at a loss for time and money to provide extra help this summer to those students who must retake a STAAR test in July.
It isn't mandatory to provide remediation for the STAAR test during the summer, but Superintendent Blincoe said the students would be at a greater disadvantage if it wasn't offered.
Also, because summer school is longer and more students are attending to retake STAAR tests, there are more expenses.
Brownwood ISD had to hire additional teachers costing them $12,600.
They also have to cover utilities, air conditioning, administration staff, and transportation costs for students to be able to retake these tests.
This resulted in an extra $30,000 in additional costs that the school did not anticipate.
"Now it may put us in the red, but I'm going to do it because it's what's best for kids," Blincoe said.