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School Board gets update on Child Find

December 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Dec. 11 Austintown Board of Education, board members heard a report from Becky Morris, Special Education Director. She said the district is making a lot of progress with students who have disabilities.

"School districts in Ohio are required by state and Federal law to conduct Child Find, which is locating children ages 3 to 22 who have disabilities," Morris said.

She said Austintown schools have done well at this task and are making great progress in seeing to the needs of those students.

This school year, a room has been set aside for the Falcon Lighthouse Center, a smaller room set up to help students with autism. The room has a peaceful setting that allows an autistic child to be calm. Both Austintown Intermediate School (AIS) and Austintown Elementary School (AES) have rooms set aside for students with special needs and autism. Typical students also enjoy visiting these rooms.

Morris said the care and effort Austintown Schools puts into educating students with disabilities is paying off. She reported one particular student along this line could only read a couple of words when he entered the Austintown program.

"Now he reads at a fourth grade level," Morris said.

Morris said every student with a disability is given an assessment and has an individual program to educate him or her. Austintown Schools provides a free education to those individuals as required by law.

In other business:

Staff of the Month recognition for December went to Andra LaMarca and Diane Senadak from AES, Cathy Garska and Kathy Statti from AIS, Arielle Russell and Isabella Napolitano from AMS, Gerri Williams from Fitch, and Warren Beitsch and Barbara Murphy from Transportation.

Board members approved of having school bus number 21 scrapped at Metalico Youngstown, 100 Division St., Youngstown, for an estimated scrap amount between $1,500 and $1,800.

The board approved a proposal with Strategic Solutions Professional Services and Imaging Software for comprehensive scanning, imaging software, offsite data hosting and support.

The board rescinded the appointment of Tracey Direnzo as head boys soccer coach due to the violation of Article XI 11.061 caused by an email malfunction which prevented posting to be sent electronically via email to the Association President and all employees covered by the AEA (Austintown Education Association) agreement.

A donation of $200 was accepted from the Hall of Fame Committee to be used for the Transportation Department's supply fund.



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