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Community Meeting Tonight for Proposed New LRSD Gifted & Talented School

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Geyer Springs Elementary, located at 5240 Mabelvale Pike.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Thursday (12/12) night parents and Little Rock School District (LRSD) leaders will meet to discuss a proposed gifted and talented academy.

The school district touts it as an innovative approach designed to challenge the districts high ability learners.

To move forward with plans for Geyer Springs High Ability Academy however, the district needs the approval of the board next week.

In the meantime district officials have participated in facility studies like a tour Thursday at JA Fair in advance of meeting with parents.

The district says the facility will take the place of the current Geyer Springs Elementary where current gifted and talented students will likely be grandfathered in.

Administrators plan to discuss the proposed academy and what it will mean for gifted and talented students.

Associate Superintendent For Elementary Schools, Dr. Sadie Mitchell, explained benefits of the school.

She said, "Parents will have another choice for their children and it will be a great choice for those students who are high achievers and who excel beyond the classroom and who really want to get another experience than a traditional school."

LRSD invites all parents of gifted and talented students, including those with concerns over the proposed academy to the meeting.

The district says students at the current elementary not in gifted and talented will likely be relocated to a neighboring school.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Geyer Springs Elementary, located at 5240 Mabelvale Pike.

The district also answers many common questions on a site dedicated for the new school.
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