Hunter: Gadsden schools have successes, challenges – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Hunter: Gadsden schools have successes, challenges – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter spoke of Gadsden City Schools’ successes and challenges in a speech Wednesday to the Gadsden Kiwanis Club.

“We’re having tough discussions in Gadsden City,” said Hunter, who represents District 8, which includes Etowah County, on the board.

Hunter’s presentation centered on the challenges Alabama is facing, while also highlighting some of the successes the state has had with K-12 and tech schools.

She spoke of retention rates and test scores — many of which show Gadsden City Schools ranked higher or equal to the state average.

For example, she provided data comparing Gadsden City Schools’ results in 2016 ACT testing to the state averages, as far as meeting or exceeding benchmarks:

• English: State 50 percent, Gadsden City 44 percent.

• Reading: State 32 percent, Gadsden City 29 percent.

• Math: State 22 percent, Gadsden City 19 percent.

• Science: State 22 percent, Gadsden City 22 percent.

• Met all benchmarks: Gadsden City 16 percent, state 15 percent.

She also noted that Gadsden City Schools’ students exceed the state average for attending college after high school graduation.

Hunter’s speech focused on engaging in conversations that will help find solutions using correct information and data.

She told The Times that same practice should be used by the members of the Gadsden City Board of Education in their search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Ed Miller, whose contract isn’t being renewed.

“The board has the right to choose who they want,” Hunter said, adding that members need to handle the situation professionally to make make the…

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