Busing changes to be discussed

The Columbia County Board of Education will consider changes tonight to the system's gifted program that could reduce the number of pupils bused to a central instructional center.

Under the proposal, some gifted pupils would stay at their home schools and a learning center would be created for others.

Currently, gifted pupils are bused one day a week from 15 elementary schools to the Horizons Gifted Program at Westmont Elementary on Oakley Pirkle Road in Martinez. At the beginning of the school year, a committee made up of parents, counselors and teachers began studying several changes to Horizons, said Mike Lindsey, the director of gifted education.

Lauren Williams, an associate superintendent for student learning, said she didn't want to discuss specifics of the plan before it is presented to the board.

Dr. Williams and Mr. Lindsey also would not discuss the number of gifted pupils who might be affected or which schools would gain teachers or change their busing program if any proposal were implemented.

The board's agenda states members will consider proposed recommendations at the meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in the auditorium of the board's main office at 4781 Hereford Farm Road in Evans.

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