St. George town education committee reports the summer math program has gotten off to a great start.

The first day was June 17, with 29 students in attendance. The contract for the summer math program was awarded to The Study Hall in Rockport. The Study Hall is a Maine-based tutoring company, which offers individual and group sessions. They have been in business since 2003, and served more than 2,500 students at their four locations statewide. Marci Casas, owner of The Study Hall, developed and implemented the program for St. George at a significantly reduced rate.

The TEC, Town Educational Committee, is committed to improving the educational experience for all students in St. George. Historically, standardized scores in math have been below those in literacy, prompting the teaching staff and parents to examine the math curriculum and its effectiveness. While some schools in the RSU 13 have math interventionists, there has not been one at the St. George School. After seeing a need, not only for remediation, but also enrichment, the committee proposed offering a summer program.

The residents of St. George approved the expenditure of funds for a summer math program on May 14. Included in the $13,300 is payment for teachers, materials, breakfast, and transportation. This program is free of charge to all kindergarten to seventh-graders, from 9 to 11 a.m., and will last for four weeks. The town has hired a bus from RSU 13 to pick up the students and bring them to the school by 8:30 a.m.. Students have time to play outside, and are served breakfast each morning.

The objective of this program is to meet the individual needs of each student by remediating specific math weaknesses and/or offering advanced math skills and enrichment. Students receive individual and small group instruction aimed at building specific knowledge and skills outlined in the Common Core Standards. Another goal is to bolster confidence and proficiency while fostering an enjoyment for math. Students will be given a written or oral pre-assessments and summative assessments in math during the four week program.

The success of the program will be measured in a number of ways, including surveys, attendance, and standardized post assessments.