August 21, 2008
E. Holmes Starts Special Needs Preschool in Berlin
By KATY GANZ
By KATY GANZStaff Writer
E. HOLMES DISTRICT -- Berlin Elementary School has added a second preschool class for special needs students this year.
The board on Monday approved an agreement with Tri-County Educational Service Center and the Holmes County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for preschool special education services.
"I'm excited about having it there," said Superintendent Joe Wengerd. "I think it teaches all of us a lot by having kids there with special needs."
The number of East Holmes preschool students for 2008-09 is split. Six out of the district's 12 preschool students have special needs and will be in the new class.
Previously, students would have been transported outside the district for school. This year, instructors from Tri-County will teach out of a Berlin classroom.
The district's grant funding for special education received a cut this year, said Treasurer Marsha Clark.
In the past, the district received extra money from a surplus. This year, the district received $364,780 from the IDEA-B Special Education Grant and is not expecting that amount to increase, Clark said.
"Now, it's back down to the typical, annual amount," she said.
In other business, the board approved $5,825 in contracts for six German language and music consultants for the 2008-09 school year.
"The buildings with Amish students do provide a variety of German instruction in tune with the culture," Wengerd said.
In order to accommodate two Hiland High School runners, the school agreed to allow the male athletes to compete on Garaway District's cross country team. East Holmes does not have a cross country team. The district will not provide transportation and written permission from a parent or guardian will be required.
"I'm glad we can cooperate and give this opportunity for these two guys," Wengerd said.
Reporter Katy Ganz can be reached at 330-674-1811 or e-mail [email protected]
Originally published by By KATY GANZ Staff Writer.
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