School Board to hear proposal to expand center-based gifted services at the elementary school level

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Chesterfield County Public Schools is proposing further expansion of Center-Based Gifted services at the elementary school level. During a presentation to the School Board on Oct. 27, the school division will propose increasing the number of CBG sites to 10 schools from six schools starting as early as the 2021-22 school year.

“Gifted education reforms enable us to pursue equity, increase access, and ensure opportunity to learners across Chesterfield County,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “More equitable identification practices have resulted in more students being eligible for Center-Based Gifted services, meaning additional enhancements are necessary.”

Increasing the number of CBG sites at the elementary school level will expand gifted services, serve students closer to their home/community, help minimize bus ride times for students, and reduce transportation burdens on families and the school division.

Following discussion at the Oct. 27 School Board work session, the Gifted Education Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the plan at its Nov. 12 meeting. The plan, with any revisions, would be brought back to the Board for consideration at its Dec. 8 meeting.

If approved, new CBG sites would be introduced at Gates, Reams Road and Watkins elementary schools starting with the 2021-22 school year:

  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Gates: Beulah, Bellwood, Curtis, Ecoff, Gates and Salem Church elementary
  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Reams Road: Davis, Evergreen, Gordon, Providence and Reams Road elementary
  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Watkins: Old Hundred and Watkins elementary schools.

If approved, a new CBG site could open at Matoaca Elementary School as early as the 2022-23 school year and serve students from Matoaca and Ettrick elementary schools.

Existing sites would remain at Greenfield, Hening and Marguerite Christian elementary schools with a few modifications:

  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Greenfield: Bon Air, Crestwood, Greenfield, Robious and Bettie Weaver elementary
  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Hening: Bensley, Chalkley, Falling Creek, Hening, Hopkins and Jacobs Road elementary
  • Students from these schools would attend the CBG program at Marguerite Christian: Marguerite Christian, Enon, Harrowgate, Elizabeth Scott and Wells elementary

Clover Hill, Crenshaw and Alberta Smith elementary schools would remain CBG sites with no changes planned. The CBG site at Winterpock Elementary is being phased out as the school continues to remain overcrowded.

The Oct. 27 presentation is available here.


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