Feb 2, 2019, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer: Suffield hires second special ed supervisor https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/suffield/suffield-hires-second-special-ed-supervisor/article_44ae472c-269c-11e9-a80d-c7c50d3909b9.html SUFFIELD — The Board of Education has hired a second special education supervisor to oversee students in Grades 6-12. The board hired Michael McDonald during its regular meeting held at Suffield Middle School on Jan. 22. … McDonald’s job will entail overseeing the education of all special education students in Grades 6-12, which means he will ensure staff understands and implements each child’s individualized education plan, she said. … In recent years, there’s been only one special education supervisor and a director, with the director acting as supervisor for students in the high school, and the supervisor overseeing students in kindergarten through eight grade, Davis said. She said that there are too many special education students in the school system to continue that way and that hiring McDonald will get additional “boots on the ground.”
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