Shelburne Board hears about special ed costs

By Gail Callahan

The Shelburne Community School (SCS) Board held a special meeting at 7:30 am last Wednesday to discuss how projected special education costs are shaping next year’s spending plan. The meeting drew seven of Shelburne’s Budget Buddies along with the full School Board. In addition to presenting the special services and special ed budget, SCS Principals Allan Miller and Pati Beaumont recommended hiring a 1.0 literacy coordinator and left open the possibility of hiring another teacher based on kindergarten enrollment figures.

According to initial information presented to School Directors, the proposed special education budget is up by $213,986. The increase is linked to the need for another special education staff member and paraprofessional. No action was taken. According to projected figures, enrollment at the Community School is expected at 735 students.

The Board then held an executive session, subsequently voting to deny Victoria Wideman’s request to lengthen a deadline for the severance amount she requested last month.

The next budget meeting is slated for Jan. 8, also at SCS at 7:30 am. The Board is set to hold a joint town and school meeting about the 2014-15 spending plan on Jan. 21 at 7 pm in the Town offices.

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