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GATE Advisory Committee Bylaws

GATE Advisory Committee Bylaws

Established May 16th, 2011


The GATE Advisory Committee is to advise and support responsible school district officials in administering all aspects of the GATE Program including ongoing planning, implementation, and evaluation.  Topics addressed, although not limited to, are the qualification criteria, goals, parameters, programs, practices, and instructional resources.  The members will represent the perspectives of their school sites and provide parents with educational opportunities related to gifted education.  The GATE Advisory Committee will be chaired by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and decisions will be made through consensus.


The membership shall consist of:

  • Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
  • LCHS 7/8 Principal
  • One of the Elementary School Principals
  • Elementary school counselors or Assistant Principals who function as GATE Site Coordinators
  • GATE Pull-out teacher
  • One parent of a GATE-identified child from each elementary school selected by the Principal
  • Two parents (representing different families) of GATE children from LCHS 7/8 selected by the Principal
  • One representative selected by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services


Any parent of a GATE-identified student desiring to be a member of the GATE Advisory Committee should direct the request to their child’s school site principal.  Membership is confirmed at the start of the school year.

Responsibilities of Membership

  1. Attend meetings regularly.
  2. Represent stakeholders of the school site and district as a whole.
  3. Respect others’ opinions; listen and communicate equally.
  4. Provide input regarding the ongoing planning, implementation, and evaluation of theGATE
  5. Ensure GATE Advisory Committee information is presented at School Site Council.
  6. Collaborate on professional development for staff, parents, and community members related to gifted education.
  7. Solicit community support.


The consistency and continuity of GATE Advisory Committee membership contributes greatly to ongoing improvement of the GATE Program.  Membership shall continue from year to year based upon mutual agreement between the site principal and the parent representatives as long as their students are enrolled in LCUSD.  If a parent representative misses more than two meetings in one school year, he/she will be asked to step down so that another representative can be named.

Meeting Times

There will be one meeting per trimester, and three per school year.  Meetings will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the Professional Development Center at the District Office.  The calendar is established at the beginning of each school year.