Search

Nashua, NH: District to spend $5M for SPED wing to save $$$ from outsourcing students

Nov 12, 2019, New Hampshire Union Leader: Nashua panel endorses spending $120M on middle schools, special education https://www.unionleader.com/news/education/nashua-panel-endorses-spending-m-on-middle-schools-special-education/article_f0fc6bca-8c58-597a-8aca-bc7cdf3aa3ee.html A city panel is recommending that the school district replace a middle school, renovate the two other existing middle schools, and bring a special education wing to the district at a combined cost of nearly $120 million. The Joint Special School Building Committee voted unanimously in support of the projects.... If the new-school option is selected, Ouellette told the committee last week, an optional special-education wing could be constructed for an additional $4,810,956, which would result in a combined total of $119,709,948 for all of the middle school projects.... Some aldermen spoke out in support of the new school proposal, also voicing their preferences for an optional special education wing at the new school. Alderman Richard Dowd said the school district is already spending between $6 million and $8 million on tuition costs each year to send select local special education students out-of-district. With a new special education wing in place, those savings could be used to help offset the cost of the new school and also keep Nashua students in the local school district, he said....