The county school system had been making strides toward balancing the numbers of boys, girls, minorities and whites in its summer camps, but budget cuts may set the effort back, school officials say.
Russell J. Heyde, school coordinator of outdoor education, presented board members Monday night with a mostly upbeat report on the system's efforts to make summer camps available to all students.
"In the beginning, these camps were attended primarily by a white, middle-class population," Heyde said.
Through recruitment and scholarships, more boys, minorities, youngsters from poor families and students considered at risk of dropping out of school were given the chance to attend the camps, Heyde said. However, the report showed that the positive gains made in achieving equity among the camps were jeopardized by fiscal problems.