Gate Swings Closed

The Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) in Santa Barbara was blindsided by controversy last week when three executive members of its district advisory council resigned. Angered by district coordinator Sandy Robertson’s perceived financial wrongdoings, Lee McCoy, Peter Gaum, and Janet Kayfetz stepped down from their respective roles as chairperson, vice-chair, and chair of fundraising. The trio accused Robertson of preventing the equitable distribution of more than $65,000 of parent-raised funds last year. According to Assistant Superintendent Jan Zettel-district liaison to the council-a faulty system is to blame for the alleged money mishap. Monthly meetings of the 29-person GATE council-a mix of parents and educators-are temporarily suspended while district officials examine the problem. An independent investigator is expected to look into the allegations against Robertson.

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