LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With less than a month before school starts, JCPS leaders are touting success in kindergarten readiness programs.

According to acting JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio, just 51.6 of students are “kindergarten ready," which is the reason the district is pushing hard for parents to enroll future kindergartners in readiness camps.

“For students who attended just one day of kindergarten readiness camp last year, 73.8 percent were ready to start school,” Pollio said at his bi-weekly news conference Tuesday.

During the camps, incoming kindergartners learn skills necessary to be successful in school. Right now, just 51.6 percent of JCPS students are considered kindergarten ready. That’s above the state average, according to Pollio, but he said it's still not good enough.

“Having only 51 percent of our kids as kindergarten ready is unacceptable,” he said.

In the summer of 2015, just a little more than 200 incoming students enrolled in those camps. Last summer, it was 755. This summer, JCPS leaders are hoping to have 900 students attend the camps.

“Kindergarten ready starts at birth,” Pollio said. “Our community is doing the right thing, which is making sure that its not just a JCPS issue but a whole community issue.”

Pollio also addressed the future of a bus driver bonus program that incentivized good attendance for drivers. All told, JCPS spent $2.2 million on the pilot program last year. 

“We had a lot less dropped routes following the implementation of the incentive, so that was very positive for serving students,” Pollio said.

The first day of school for JCPS is Aug. 16.

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