Maries R-1 will carryover federal special education funds

By Laura Schiermeier, Staff Writer
Posted 4/28/21

Maries R-1 Special Services Director Joe Edwards, in his report to the school board at the April meeting, reported over the next few weeks the special education budget will be revised. The revision …

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Maries R-1 will carryover federal special education funds

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Maries R-1 Special Services Director Joe Edwards, in his report to the school board at the April meeting, reported over the next few weeks the special education budget will be revised. The revision will reflect the carryover of federal funds from the 2019-2020 budget. Edwards said this will free up state funding of $6,114.60.

Also in his report, Edwards said verification of all special education student data for 2020-2021 will be submitted to DESE by the end of the month.

Maries R-1 will have three high needs elementary students who plan to attend summer school this year. For the first time in a long time, the special services department will be using two paraprofessionals to assist these students throughout the summer school program.

As of April 19, Edwards said the school district has held 52 IEP/Eligibility Determination meetings. Currently, there are nine students in the referral process for special education evaluations.

Edwards recommended the school district rehire all non-certified special education staff for the 2021-2022 academic year. “These staff members have gone above and beyond all expectations,” Edwards said. “They all work with the best interests of their students being first on their minds and in their actions.”

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