South Loop School's gifted program to be replaced nearby
New location would open in 2013, be two to five miles away
04/26/2012 5:19 PM
South Loop Schoolís gifted program is definitely getting phased out beginning this fall, but Chicago Public Schools officials announced Wednesday night that the program wonít simply disappear ó itíll be shifted to another nearby school in fall 2013.
The announcement was made at a South Loop meeting with Chief Portfolio Officer Oliver Sicat, the CPS official in charge of managing the districtís school facilities.
According to Sicat, the program will open in fall 2013 at a building thatís between two and five miles away from South Loop. Theyíre currently looking at buildings that potentially have the space available to take on a gifted program and the students that come along with it, he told parents.
The final decision on the gifted programís new location would be made by August, Sicat said.
In the meantime, as South Loopís gifted program is being phased out one grade at a time over the course of the next nine years, CPS will keep filling abandoned slots in existing classes to prevent classroom size from diminishing.
This article has been corrected to reflect that the new gifted program will open in fall 2013, not 2014.