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Park Ridge, IL: District to add part-time SPED teacher because of 'number of students'

Oct 30, 2018, Chicago Tribune: District 64 board endorses plan to add part-time special education teacher at Roosevelt Elementary The Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 Board of Education endorsed a recommendation to add another part-time special education teacher to Roosevelt Elementary School. In addition, four students who were sent out of district in previous years will return to District 64 facilities, and one student will be sent to an out-of-district facility to meet their needs, Director of Student Services Lea Anne Frost told board members during her monthly update on Oct. 22. The additional part-time special education resource teacher is needed because of “the number of students and service minutes identified in [individualized education plans] as well as the anticipated potential for additional student needs that are currently in process,” Frost told the board. In recent weeks, the district’s special education staff received additional training on the process of crafting individualized education plans, or IEPs, which are required by the federal government to determine what services students are to receive and what accommodations must be made for them…. District 64 expanded the Student Services Division this year by three positions: a new elementary school special education coordinator, a new behavior analyst and a new psychologist. In addition, the board set aside $100,000 from its contingency fund to purchase new materials for the special education program….

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