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Newton, IA: SPED teachers "need more help"-5 paras may be hired

Oct 6, 2017, Newton (IA) Daily News: NCSD to consider adding five paras for special education http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/10/05/ncsd-to-consider-adding-five-paras-for-special-education/abpisu7/ The Newton Community School District board will consider hiring an additional five paraprofessionals to meet the needs of special education students in the district at its Monday meeting. After meeting with special education teachers and administrators during a work session on Sept. 25, teachers delivered a clear message to the board — they need more help. During the work session, teachers told the board they needed extra help to close the gap between special education students and their peers. Berg Middle School special education teacher Lucinda Sinclair said the paraprofessionals in the district are working as hard as they can, but they need additional help. “Our paras are working their tails off, there’s no time in their day,” Sinclair said. “We’re trying the best that we can, but we’re still short, we need help.” …The proposal would cost the district approximately $75,000 and would increase the budget shortfall in special education to a projected $389,000. …