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York, PA: New data shows "growing number of students in grades 3-5 with autistic support needs"

Dec 13, 2017, York (PA) Dispatch: York Suburban considers expanding district autism support program http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2017/12/13/york-suburban-considers-expanding-district-autism-support-program/945763001/ The York Suburban school board is considering whether to bring back some of its autistic support students from the local intermediate unit by expanding its own support program. Student personnel director Natalie Hasenfuss recommended during a committee meeting Dec. 4 that the school board implement an autistic support program for students in grades 3 through 5. Currently, York Suburban hosts five autistic support classrooms that include students from other school districts as part of an arrangement with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (LIU). … At York Suburban, there are 42 students in grades 3 through 12 who receive autistic support services, according to Hasenfuss. The district already has an in-house autistic support classroom for students in second grade and under, and new data presented by Hasenfuss shows a growing number of students in grades 3 through 5 with autistic support needs. … In the current arrangement, the district pays out $36,648 per student to the LIU, leading to more than $146,000 in tuition costs this school year. If costs stay the same, which is unlikely, that agreement will cost the district over $256,000 for seven students next year, Hasenfuss said. One well-staffed district support classroom of eight students includes one teacher and two paraprofessional staff members, according to Hasenfuss. …