‘Ottawa’ Parents Await Key Vote on Future of Special Classes for Gifted Children in Ottawa Public School Board
Michael and Elaine Merker moved from Barrhaven to Kanata to be closer to the school where their two children are enrolled in classes for gifted students.
Now the family faces the prospect of losing the classes that have provided Jennifer, 10, and Erich, 8, with the specialized instruction their parents say has allowed them to thrive at school.
“We’re freaking out,” said Michael Merker, reflecting the sentiments of dozens of parents who have shown up at public school board meetings to lobby for the preservation of the special classes. A key vote arrives Tuesday when the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board considers a motion by trustee Christine Boothby to halt a review of the gifted program.