Busing changes to be discussed

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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.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at 706-868-1222, ext. 109, or jeffery.trubey@augustachronicle.com.

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glass houses 02/13/07 - 08:48 am
This change should have been

This change should have been made years ago! The students that have to leave their schools to travel to Westmont have always missed out on important happenings at their own school and also are still required to make up a lot of work they miss that day, even though this is against board policy. The reason this hasn't been implemented earlier is money. The reason money is a problem is that we have a top heavy school system administration. It also doesn't surprise me that the administration would not discuss the changes or proposals. This is evidence of the same old attitude from our school system. Some things never change, and certainly won't with Nagle as superintendent.

nascar8fan 02/13/07 - 10:45 am
Speaking of buses in Columbia

Speaking of buses in Columbia County....I would like to see them pay attention to what time our children are being picked up! According to policy our children are supposed to be there 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time. Our bus is supposed to pickup at 6:40 which means my child has to be there at 6:35, the bus gets there as late as 7:30. I am not talking about once in a while either!! When it is 20 degrees outside that is a long time to be standing there. If our children are suspended for tardies, maybe the drivers should be too. After all they are setting a bad example!

galaxygrl 02/13/07 - 11:19 am
I don't think this is a good

I don't think this is a good idea. My daughter had wonderful teachers and the Westmont program was outstanding to say the least. When she got to middle school she didn't get teachers that cared about gifted children, (there were exceptions), she got teachers who were certified in that field. Gifted teachers should have a passion for teaching the gifted ,not for earning extra money. The gifted program is under funded and gifted children are left out because of the "No Child Left Behind Act." This is a real shame!

whyme 02/13/07 - 01:54 pm
My daughter enjoyed going to

My daughter enjoyed going to Westmont and all that she learned there. However, it always seemed that the "fun" homeschool activities took place on Horizons day. She is in the gifted program in middle school and her teacher for her 2 gifted classes is great!

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