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Washington Cty, MD: "Number of special-needs students in the county is growing"

Jan 16, 2018, Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail: Washington Co. BOE hears concerns about special education during budget hearing https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/washington-co-boe-hears-concerns-about-special-education-during-budget/article_210c9077-e8ef-55b9-944a-bcc4da222820.html While revenue questions remain, the Washington County Board of Education's proposed budget for the next fiscal year generally has received positive reviews as a fiscally conservative plan that addresses a changing county demographic. State revenue figures expected to be available in the coming days will go a long way in determining how much the school board will need to request from county government above required funding levels to help fill a $5 million gap in its nearly $276 million spending plan. … After Hummel's presentation, four people spoke during a brief public hearing on the budget, including three parents who voiced concerns about special-education resources lagging behind while the number of special-needs students in the county is growing. Boonsboro resident Isaac Auldridge, the father of a 4-year-old son with autism, said discussions with other parents have revealed that the district has developed a reputation of being "way behind" on special-education needs, with staffing and training being the biggest needs.