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Gifted and talented program on agenda at trustee meeting

2012-01-24T00:00:00Z Gifted and talented program on agenda at trustee meetingBy ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
January 24, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Helena school trustees will hear about a Capital High School improvement plan, discuss long-range planning, and field a presentation from gifted and talented staffers about the program at a work session tonight.

The gifted and talented program  — called PEAK — will provide an overview of the program to trustees. They will talk about profiles of gifted students, screening and referrals, the district’s model, curriculum overview, and offer recommendations.

Representatives from Mosaic Architecture will be at the meeting to provide an update on the planning program. The process is intended to  identify the facility requirements, technology, infrastructure and resources that may be required in school in the future. The work is coming four phases: research and review, visioning and discovery, brainstorming and solution and then refinement, which will ultimately lead to a bond campaign.

In November, trustees approved a contract with Mosaic Architecture and subcontractors, BrainSpaces and DLR group, not to exceed $250,000 over the next 24 months. The district is paying for the planning services with building reserves funds, which were approved by voters in 2007 for seven years in the annual amounts of $1 million in the elementary district and $550,000 in the high school district.

Mosaic will provide a summary of the results from the first two community workshops and what is planned for the upcoming session on Feb. 21.

Public comment will be accepted at this meeting.

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081, or

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    Sacaudos - January 24, 2012 2:05 pm
    Don't know what happened to my original posting, but here it is again: a lot of attention is given to the extreme ends of the student population, but what about "non-gifted" students who have straight As or occasional Bs? I don't think they are being challenged enough by the school system. A straight A is really a joke in most of the schools--unless it is in an advanced course. It's time to move the standard students with straight As into these advanced courses so that they really learn something instead of just sitting back enjoying the easy grades.

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