By Susan Winlow
The school board paved the way Thursday with a unanimous vote to make changes within the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s Gifted and Talented Education program in 2015-16 that will facilitate future alterations beyond next year.
The vote at the governing board meeting pertained mostly to elementary school and contained “components” approved that would give “full flexibility” for a to-be-formed committee of stakeholders to continue with the changes that will affect the middle school GATE program.
Currently the GATE program is third through eighth grade with an elementary magnet or main program at K.I. Jones Elementary School and two middle school magnets at Grange and Green Valley middle schools. The other elementary and middle schools have “cluster” programs with varied advanced instruction that is inconsistent or nonexistent, district officials have said.