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West Valley Could Shuffle grade schoolers; High School May Toughen Math Requirements

YAKIMA, Wash. - The West Valley school district held an open forum Monday night at West Valley HS to discuss overcrowding in its elementary schools and a policy to toughen math standards at West Valley High School.

West Valley has six elementary schools in its districts, some have overcrowding while others have room. Superintendent Peter Ansingh says he wants to rework attendance zones - that would send kids from crowded schools to schools with room. Ansingh said it would be an interim solution that would go into effect in the Fall of 2007.

The West Valley school district also talked about possibly increasing the minimum requirements for high school math from two years to three. Currently West Valley HS students have to take a minimum of two years of high school math. That's in line with the state mandate. But Ansingh says research has told the district that another required year of math needs to be added.

"We're listening to people talking to us in the world of work and they're saying kids need to ramp up their math skills. The state requires two years. We require two years. If you do that your freshman and sophomore year, when you're heading out to work your math skills may not be sharpened."

A statistic produced by the school said 41% of all community college bound students had to take remedial mathematics.

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