Orange to hire 3 teachers for gifted

Board finds ways to restore cuts

Staff WriterAugust 22, 2006 

— The Orange County Board of Education voted Monday night to hire three new teachers for the academically and intellectually gifted students in the district.

Board members discussed Monday how to restore a few important items that were cut from the budget during previous negotiations to cover the cost of building the new Gravelly Hill Middle School.

Now that the new school's costs are met, the board is taking money from the district's fund balance to go toward the new teachers of gifted students; supplies and materials for the AVID program; and science kits for kindergartners through eighth-graders.

Parents have said they want at least one AIG teacher per school in the district. Including Gravelly Hill, Orange County has 12 schools at which to place them. Now, with roughly $180,000 going toward the hire of the three new instructors, the district will soon have 11 AIG teachers.

Placement of the new teachers was not decided.

Meanwhile, $60,000 of the fund balance will go into supplies and materials to train administrators and teachers in the AVID program -- Advancement Via Individual Determination -- which is a plan to get minority students on track to higher education.

The board wants to focus the AVID program on middle school students for now, spokeswoman Anne D'Annunzio said.

Another $60,000 will go toward science kits that are intended to help boost science test scores to meet No Child Left Behind standards.

Board members also voted to create a contingency fund for the new Partnership Academy Alternative School. They put $20,000 into the fund to cover unexpected expenses.

Staff writer Meiling Arounnarath can be reached at 932-2004 or meiling.arounnarath@ newsobserver.com.

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