On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the GPS School Board held their monthly work study. Item three on the agenda was to hear a presentation about the proposed GTC program and allow the board to ask questions.
This is a hi-light of topics covered at the board work study regarding the GTC:
- Program application criteria
- Teacher qualifications
- Option to replicate the program elsewhere in the district if data indicates such a need
- Why the location of Highland Junior was chosen
- High school support for gifted students
- Cost of the program (see links below)
- Transportation via busing at regional bus stops
- The origin of the program name.
If you wish to view the video record of the GTC portion of the work study, it begins at 1:41:00 and concludes at 2:40:00 at this link.
From the GPS BoardDocs webpage:
- Click here to view the power point which was shared with the board
- Click here to view the financial costs of the GTC program – This part of the discussion begins at 2:25:00 of the video
Parents, Now what?
The GTC program is now pending board approval. The GPS Board will be able to approve the GTC program at their February 28th Business Meeting.
Q: As a parent, how can I show support for the GTC program?
A: Do one or all of the following:
- Attend the February 28th GPS board meeting. It begins at 7:00 pm and is at the district office. This will show the board that the GTC is something that is valued and needed by gifted students in our community.
- At the board meeting, fill out a "request to speak form" to spend 1-3 minutes letting the board know the information below.
- Send the entire board an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information below.
Express appreciation that ...
- The district is supporting the GPS Gifted Education Vision statement by expanding gifted education programming into the secondary grades.
- District staff has worked many, many hours to research secondary gifted programming according to the Strategic Operating Plan, as indicated on page 8.
- The board is mindful of the genuine needs of Gilbert's gifted students.
- Also, briefly tell them what having the GTC will mean to you and your gifted child(ren)
- OR if you do not live in the east area of the district and your gifted child is not yet old enough to attend the GTC in 2017-18, express a hope that a second location closer to your home may be opened up in the near future.
See you Tuesday!
Your Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted Executive Board