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Leander, TX: 20 more SPED positions added; 9.3% increase in SPED, more expected

Sept 6, 2019, KVUE TV, Austin, TX: Leander ISD to add 20 new special education positions this school year The total cost of the positions is an estimated $795,176 https://www.kvue.com/article/news/education/schools/leander-isd-new-special-education-positions/269-cefaf41a-af44-426f-b9ec-b53db9e3aae7 LEANDER, Texas —At their meeting on Thursday, the Leander ISD board voted to add 20 new special education positions for the 2019-2020 school year. The total cost of the positions is an estimated $795,176. The board voted six to zero, with one member absent. According to a revised board agenda item obtained by KVUE, prior to this vote, LISD special education staffing was increased for the 2019-2020 school year using a growth estimate of 6.9%. But as of Aug. 15, the district's special education population has grown by 9.3% and the district said trend data indicates that growth will continue throughout the year. The agenda item said the caseloads of the district's support staff – including occupational/physical therapists, speech pathologists, licensed school psychology specialists, diagnosticians and ARD facilitators – have also increased significantly over the last two years as the district's special education population has increased.