Brewer, ME: Half of new students receive SPED services

May 14, 2017, Bangor (ME) Daily News: The Brewer School Department says it needs more than $1 million for new students The school district this year saw 130 new students, more than half of whom are getting special education services, Superintendent Cheri Towle said Friday. Those students are taught based on Individualized Education Plans, which in some cases call for extra services. “We have had 73 students with IEPs newly enrolled in Brewer this year and 10 of those students have required the 1:1 ed tech support,” said Gretchen Gardner, business manager for the school department. “The services designated in a student’s IEP are required to be followed under federal mandate. Our budget is not able to cover this need without adding these 10 educational technician positions.”