New Green Bay school for gifted, talented students
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GREEN BAY, WI--An old building in downtown Green Bay is about to be converted into a new school. The Green Bay school district acquired the building at 139 South Monroe Ave from the city and plans to turn it into a school for academically gifted learners.
one hundred and thirty one students are in the gifted and talented program now but there is a long waiting list. To ensure each student is always being challenged to their full potential the district is giving them their own school.
The building was a Catholic school in the 1900's and most recenlty used as a daycare by St. Vincent Hospital. The district will be renovating it to open next fall for gifted and talented students.
"It really is a unique way of addressing the needs of our gifted students, and very successfully on a daily basis," said school board president, Brenda Warren.
School leaders say gifted and talented students are often not recognized as "at risk". But they say studies show those students have a drop out rate of between 18 and 25 percent.
"They drop out because they are unchallenged sometimes they are bored, frustrated or sometimes just develop bad study habits," said Green Bay Public School superintendent, Michelle Langenfeld.
Green bay has a school within a school for gifted and talented students at Langlade Elementary.
"We've had families move to our community because of the services we are able to provide their students," said the Tammy Van Dyke, the principal for the School of Academically Gifted Learners in Green Bay.
But the program is growing and the new building will allow it to expand from 131 students to about 250.
With a downtown location, district leaders say the school will be accessible to the whole community.
The building cost the district $265,000 and remodeling will cost about 3 million dollars. School leaders hope to offset the cost by fundraising some of that money, and plan to have the building ready for the 2014 -2015 school year.