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Bryan School Board Budget Discussions About Special Education And Overall Staffing For 2018-19

This week’s Bryan school board workshop meeting included an update on planning the budget for the 2018-19 school year.

There are plans to spend an additional $678,000 dollars towards teaching special education students. Associate superintendent Barbara Ybarra says that’s the result of more students. Superintendent Christie Whitbeck says there has been an unprecedented number of students referred for testing to receive special education services. Next year’s proposed budget calls for spending $510,000 dollars for additional special ed classroom employees, and another $168,000 in stipends for special ed positions.

The discussion also included board president Mark McCall asking about future staffing plans in light of decreasing enrollment due to lower birth rates in recent years. Dr. Whitbeck says due to smaller kindergarten classes working their way through the district, the budget proposes the equivalent of 20 fewer teachers. The superintendent also told the board that next year’s budget does not add any central office administrators.

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Posted by on Jun 8 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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