Auburn's Freshman Campus Could Convert to Gifted School

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The proposal is just being considered but it could mean all the students who attend Auburn's freshman campus will move to the main high school building as early as next year.

Auburn parent Jasmine Hernandez said, “"I like that he's a freshman here and I like that they don't have to deal with some of the older students and are able to experience high school, but I would also like it to be a gifted children."

District administrators are looking at the option as a way to be more efficient and expand the districts gifted program from around 325 students to nearly 600 students.

Right now, gifted programs are offered at Washington Elementary for grades one through eight. Those classes are full.

Auburn's senior campus also offers gifted classes for grades nine through 12. Administrators said a gifted school would house both middle and high school students. So far, they said they have been hearing a lot of interest for the gifted program.

"I also get calls from people outside the district who are considering moving to Rockford and they want a strong educational choice for their children," Gifted Administrator, Michele Beach said.

Beach said families will benefit with more educational opportunities and for those who don't have kids, it means a stronger district which could help raise property values.

If the program does expand, Beach said the district could hire more teachers. We’re told the costs of this shift have not been worked out.

***There will be several public forums for anyone to give the district their opinions about this idea.

Those are:

November 30th - Washington Elementary at 6 p.m.
December 9th – Auburn freshmen campus at 7 p.m.

There will also be one more meeting, but it has not been scheduled yet.

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