Article 7


Shall the Pelham School District create a special education teacher/case manager position to support students with disabilities at the Pelham Memorial School and raise and appropriate the sum of FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($55,000) to fund the salary and benefits for the special education position?  (Recommended by the Pelham School Board) (Recommended by the Pelham Budget Committee)

Status

Originator School Board
School Board 5-0-0 Recommended
Budget Committee 11-0-0 Recommended

Voter's Guide Explanation

This article will allow for the hiring of an additional case manager/teacher at Pelham Memorial School. Identified students currently represent 16.7% of the student population at Pelham Memorial School (89 out of 533 students). The average case load for a case manager at PMS is 30 students. This number is above the average class size of 25 students at Pelham Memorial School. The addition of this position will lower the average to approximately 21 students using the anticipated numbers of students with IEPís for the 2007-2008 school year. Comparable size schools have case managers whose load is between 15-20 students.

The $55,000 cost is broken down as follows: $30,000 - $35,000 for salary and approximately $20,000 for benefits.


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