PROVO — A Gifted and Talented School for the Provo School District will be on the board of education study meeting agenda Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Board member Shannon Poulsen said she and a few other board members felt the G&T issue needed "more conversation with the public."

First up will be a presentation by the committee studying the issue, including Stacey Briggs, board member of the Utah Association for Gifted Children; Ginny Smith, district gifted coordinator; and Ray W. Morgan, district director for learning, curriculum and assessment.

From 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. board members and the public will direct questions to committee members.

At 8:45 a.m. the board will move from a study session to a regular meeting with the option to legally vote on issues pertaining to the G&T proposal.

Board members agree 7:30 a.m. isn't the best time for the public to attend a meeting, but a study meeting was already scheduled at that time, making it convenient to address the G&T issue. Provo district staff members have been working on the proposal for months and want to make sure they have the green light from the board before proceeding further, according to board president Darryl Alder.

The school would be called the Center for Accelerated Studies and be located in a segment of Grandview Elementary, 1591 N. Jordan. Grandview is slated to close at the end of this school year with most of the building being demolished.

Space in the remaining section of Grandview would be used for professional development including conferences and workshops. The district technology offices could also be located there.

The center would house approximately 75 students and open this fall. Westridge Elementary Principal Gaye Gibbs would oversee the center in addition to her regular duties. Westridge is six-tenths of a mile from Grandview.

At last week's meeting, the board approved going forward with the partial demolition of Grandview and remodeling of the remaining segment.

Some evidently believe the vote was a thumbs up for the G&T program.

Morgan said the board doesn't generally vote on specific school programs, but some board members feel the G&T proposal would essentially establish a new school.

"I think given it's a separate school, we need to vote on it," said board member Sandy Packard. Packard also wants to know if test scores from G&T students would be included in Westridge test data or be accounted for separately. Library access and lunch issues also need to be resolved.

Alder said, "This is new territory for the board."

Morgan said the district plans to post questions and answers information about the G&T proposal on the district Web site at sometime today.

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