Looks like the wait is almost over for sixth-grade students who are eligible for the Prince George’s County gifted and talented program.
Prince George’s County Deputy Superintendent Bonita Coleman Potter told an education committee hearing that the district will eliminate its waiting list and fill 100 percent of its TAG (Talented and Gifted) Program next year.
“This will be first time the TAG waiting list will be filled,” Potter said.
A new TAG center will open at Greenbelt Middle School to help serve students in the northern part of the county and ultimatly help reduce the number on the waiting list.
Greenbelt joins Glenarden Woods and Heather Hills with dedicated TAG centers. The district also has programs in Accokeek Academy, Capitol Heights, Highland Park, Longfields and Valley View elementary schools.
The news received a lukewarm response from several council members.
Council member Mary Lehman (D-Laurel) and Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale) questioned why TAG programs are not in all neighborhood schools, a move that would reduce the school system’s rising transportation costs.
“I think in the environment and climate we are in today, I’d have a muted celebration,” Derrick L. Davis (D-Mitchellville), chairman of the education committee, said after the hearing.