Ashland, NE: "The number of special needs students will continue to grow"

Oct 20, 2017, Ashland (NE) Gazette: Special needs student population still rising The number of special needs students continues to grow at Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, according to a report presented to the Board of Education Monday night. Special Education/Student Services Coordinator Kristin Fangmeyer gave the school board an update on the special education program, something she does twice a year. Fangmeyer reported that the district has 195 students in the special education program from birth to age 21. Of those, 51 are students who have transferred into the district within the last three years. … “People are coming,” Fangmeyer said. To instruct these students, the school district has increased staffing in recent years, Fangmeyer said. ... Fangmeyer said they expect the number of special needs students will continue to grow. They anticipate there to be an increase in the number of students with emotional/behavioral needs at the middle school/high school as elementary-age students age. ... In addition to the need for more special education staff, the increase in special education students has also put a strain on the general education teachers, Fangmeyer said. As many of the special needs students as possible are educated in general education classrooms. As a result, the district has added nine new courses at the middle school/high school level but has not increased the number of teachers.