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Wellesley, MA: $776,000 in extra funds to meet unexpected costs for SPED out-of-district tuition

Mar 30, 2018, Wellesley (MA) Wicked: Wellesley Town Meeting covers shortfall in special education tuition http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/news/20180330/wellesley-town-meeting-covers-shortfall-in-special-education-tuition Town Meeting made relatively quick progress on Monday, the first night of its 2018 session. Among the items taken up was a request from the Board of Selectmen for $776,000 in extra funds to meet unexpected costs for special education out-of-district tuition in fiscal year 2018. Tuition costs exceeded the budget by $948,794. According to the Advisory Committee, one factor was that seven new students needed out-of-district (OOD) placements arrived. Three of them were so-called “unilateral” placements with which the School Department did not agree, but reached a settlement with the families of the students. … “As students grow older, their needs and the programs to address them can often become more intensive and costly,” according to the Advisory Committee report. Finally , some of costs of the OOD tuition sky-rocked. during fiscal 2018. The state oversees rate changes. During fiscal 2018, the average cost for a private day school was $58,307, with a range of $46,000 to $142,000. The tuitions for private residential placements averaged $203,620., with a range of $168,000 to $400,000. …