The Kanawha County Board of Education unanimously approved a school reform package for Stonewall Jackson Middle School and four West Side elementary schools.
Their students' scores on the Westest statewide test last spring were a five-alarm call for action.
Statewide, the Westest showed that only about 51 percent of the state's fifth-graders were proficient in language arts and 50 percent in math.
Those scores are worrisome in and of themselves. But on the West Side of Charleston, some students are having even more trouble.
* At Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, only about 29 percent of fifth-graders were proficient in language arts and only about 27 percent in math.
* At Watts Elementary, only about 37 percent were proficient in language arts and 32 percent in math.
* At J.E. Robins Elementary, about 36 percent were proficient in language arts and 38 percent in math.
* At Grandview Elementary, although about 54 percent of students were proficient in language arts - above the state average - only about 44 percent were proficient in math.
West Side students start middle school with a weak foundation in the basic skills needed for further learning. How are they going to catch up?