Mar 8, 2018, New Haven (CT) Register: Derby’s schools chief proposes $18.9M budget; special ed drives costs https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Derby-s-schools-chief-proposes-18-9M-budget-12738498.php … The proposal is $590,000, or 3.2 percent, higher than the current $18.4 million budget. Rising special education costs along with contractual obligations are the driving forces behind the increase, according to school Business Manager Mark Izzo. … The other major factor responsible for driving the proposed increase is special education costs, which school officials said continue to soar. The district recently had an additional special needs student move to Derby, who required placement outside the school system. Educating just one student outside of Derby’s school walls can cost $80,000 to $100,000 in tuition, Izzo noted. Tuition, in total next year, for special education students placed outside of Derby schools, is proposed at $2.2 million, an increase of 15 percent. Izzo said the board is obligated to pay the tuition to whatever facility a student who cannot be educated within Derby schools is placed in. A total of $544,599 has also been budgeted for transportation for special education students, which is an increase of $43,000, or 8.6 percent. … “Sixty-seven percent of the increase is for special education costs. ... It drives the budget,” Izzo said.