Sign on front of U.S. Grant High School - Staff photo by Jim Beckel - 2001 file photo
That was Feb. 9 and Springer said 400 students were tardy.
"If Grant High School has 1,500 kids and if 400 of them are tardy to first hour, I’d say we’ve got a crisis,” Springer said.
Springer said after that, the number of tardy students began to drop significantly, and by last Friday only 88 students were tardy.
Grant High School is on the federal "Needs Improvement” list for schools, and Stearns was hired last year to help turn the school around.
"We need to recognize that our students need to come to school on time, and we need to be proactive to make sure that happens,” Springer said.
He said the tactic of locking students out of the school likely would not be used again, though.
Springer said he would be monitoring the situation of both tardy and absent students at Grant to see whether improvements are happening at the school.