Pottsgrove OKs More Than $638K In Special Ed Costs

Pottsgrove OKs More Than $638K In Special Ed CostsPOTTSTOWN PA – More than $638,000 in Pottsgrove School District expenditures on special education-related agenda items for the 2014-2015 academic year was approved last Tuesday (June 17, 2014) by the Board of School Directors, with the highest-priced service evoking a surprise response from at least one board member.

The big-ticket item was the directors’ authorization for administrators to contract with Melmark Pennsylvania, a Berwyn PA non-profit provider of residential, educational, vocational, and health care services for children, to supply services for two special needs students at a projected cost of $351,800. That prompted a one-word exclamation from Director Rick Rabinowitz: “Wow!”

Also approved were:

  • $121,632 for Education Alternatives of Limerick PA to supply three certified aides trained in applied behavior analysis;
  • $86,628 for The Lincoln Center of Audubon PA to supply two specialty counselors;
  • $46,517, or $23,258.50 per student, for services from The Academy for two students;
  • $11,586 for services from KenCrest EmployNet, headquartered in Plymouth Meeting PA, for a single student;
  • $11,346 for services from Woods Services of Langhorne PA for a single student;
  • $5,531 for an agreement with the law firm of Sweet Stevens Katz and Williams of New Britain PA to provide counsel on special education issues; and
  • $3,800 for extended school year services from Child Guidance Resource Center of Havertown PA for a single student.

The district also agreed to use schools affiliated with the Lakeside Education Network headquartered in Fort Washington PA to provide special education placements and support programs for an unidentified number of students at costs ranging between $216.50 and $257.50 per day for an unspecified number of days.

The board also accepted the resignation of Michelle MacLuckie as the district’s supervisor of special education, but no reason for her departure was offered. Its effective date was June 3, but she may continue to work within the district through early August, Superintendent Shellie Feola said.

Additionally, directors approved Feola’s recommended settlement “of a matter concerning a special education student.” The need for a settlement was not discussed, and the student and family involved were not identified. Neither the terms of the settlement or its cost to the district, if any, were disclosed.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 17 meeting):

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