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School board shows kids count by hiring math specialists

Mehlville School Board members, who just pushed for six math specialists to boost students’ state test scores.
Mehlville School Board members, who just pushed for six math specialists to boost students’ state test scores. Provided

You may not have noticed, but there was a small revolution just across the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.

School board members in the Mehlville School District decided their youngsters were not doing well in math on the Missouri state tests, so they directed their administrators to spend $90,000 to hire six math specialists. The math specialists started this past week.

The elementary students in the district ranged from one in three being proficient in math to about two in three, and scores have been declining in recent years. About 85 percent of the high school students were proficient in math.

That’s a wide range between different grade schools and heading in the wrong direction. Having so few of the younger students making the grade in math does not bode well for the future of those high school math scores.

Hiring the specialists was not a school administration initiative. Superintendent Chris Gaines said it was something board members pushed.

Problem identified, solution quickly implemented by the parents elected to safeguard the futures of everyone’s kids.

Makes you wonder whether there are other mini-revolutions possible in our own school districts.

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