A controversial plan to move a popular private summer enrichment program for high-achieving students was put off for two weeks Tuesday by a divided San Diego city schools Board of Education.
District administrators want to move the Gateways program to Madison High School for the next two years so that its University City High School home for the past six years can underg o a top-to-bottom summertime cleaning. The volunteer parents who run Gateway say the move will harm their program, which has grown from 600 to 1,800 students in the past six years and which employs 62 teachers each summer for courses intended mainly for gifted and high-achieving students. They view the district proposal as symbolic of its lukewarm support for the program, which was set up to compensate for the district’s emphasis on remediation courses during the summer for students at risk of not completing high school.
Supt. Tom Payzant denied Tuesday any hidden agenda to destroy Gateway in his cleaning proposal.