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Board hears gifted program update

October 16, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board on Tuesday received an update on the gifted student program.

According to gifted coordinator Linda Lenzi, "there is a need to raise the bar for gifted children in Jefferson County so they can continue to learn."

"There isn't a lot of gifted children in the county. The bar has been dropped. Our idea is to service as many students and teachers as possible. The Common Core Curriculum has the type of gifted learning we used before. And we have decided to try something new. We are now networking with the Licking County ESC and the Columbus City Schools ESC," explained Lenzi.

"And we are trying to initiate creative ideas for different people. We are looking at creativity and the leader aspect," added Lenzi.

"We also started a blog to share information with our school districts as well as teachers and students," said gifted coordinator Patty Ferrell.

"We are always trying to find apps the students can utilize. We have also created a gifted weebly (a web-hosting service that features a "drag-and-drop" website builder) so we can add information. And a weebly is more than a blog," Ferrell noted.

In other business, the board approved an agreement with Zulama of Pittsburgh to add eight courses to the list of elective courses offered through the Virtual Learning Academy.

ESC Superintendent George Ash said the Zulama program will teach the students how to create a computer program to create games.

"Zulama works with Carnegie Mellon University, and these courses will help students learn computer programming," Ash said.

The board approved board member William Lollini to serve as the ESC representative to the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School board.

And Bonnie DiNapoli's resignation was accepted.

Also approved during the hour-long meeting was a donation to PhET Interactive Simulations for the continued use of simulations to enhance the VLA curriculum.

And the board adopted a resolution to approve a notice of privacy practices relating to the use and disclosure of health and medical information.

The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.

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