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School board to discuss GATE planning, DHS shade structure

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From page A1 | May 01, 2013 |

The Davis school board will hear an update covering several aspects of planning for the Gifted and Talented Education program, consider a proposed shade structure over an outdoor dining area at Davis High School and review a draft version of a proposed five-year plan for the district’s career technical education courses when the trustees gather for a meeting on Thursday night.

The GATE discussion will include a proposed extension of the current GATE Master Plan, which expires in June, until such time as a new master plan is proposed and approved. The extension is to provide “additional time to work with the community to discuss the current program, evaluation and future plans,” according to Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant.

The California Department of Education no longer requires school districts to have a board-approved GATE Master Plan, but Bryant said in his agenda notes that “we believe it is best practice to have a plan in place to support our students.” Bryant’s recommendation is to “extend the existing GATE master plan with the inclusion of the lottery (selecting among GATE-identified students) until a new plan is approved.”

Bryant’s summary also begins with the statement “there is no plan to eliminate self-contained GATE services.” The agenda refers to “potential areas of study” as a new GATE Master Plan is drafted, including “what is the impact of being enrolled in the GATE program on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development, self-perceptions and attitudes toward school and teachers?” as well as “What is the impact on the achievement gap?” and “Do perceptions of school climate among students and their families vary depending on whether the students are placed in GATE, identified as eligible but not placed in GATE, or non-GATE identified?”

Trustees also will have a discussion about renaming the GATE program, with potential program names including Alternative Instruction Model (AIM) and Alternative Learning Program (ALP). Other names may be suggested by the GATE Advisory Committee.

The board also will receive a brief progress report on preparations for demolition of the multipurpose room at Davis High School, which was closed in 2010 after toxic mold was found in areas of the building just beneath the roof, which had had problems with leaks for years.

Trustees also will hear a staff report about construction of a $75,000 to $90,000 shade structure over an outdoor area where students could eat lunch. The structure would need to go through the usual approval process with the Division of State Architect reviewing and approving the plans before construction could begin.

The board also will take a first look at a proposed five-year plan for career technical education courses that are offered at the junior highs and high schools. The California Department of Education requires school districts to have an approved five-year plan to receive CTE-related funding. The board may ask questions and give staff direction regarding the proposed plan on Thursday, but approval will wait until a final version of the plan is submitted for board consideration at some future date.

Thursday’s meeting will include brief update by Superintendent Winfred Roberson regarding his interviews with consultants who could work with the district in developing a districtwide master plan. Roberson was asked at the April 18 school board meeting to recommend a consultant this week. Last month, the board opted to develop a master plan rather than proceed with discussion of possibly reassigning ninth-graders to the high school.

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The meeting will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17, and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055.

 

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