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 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.