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Livingston Board of Education Discusses District's Ability to Provide for Students with Special Needs

Alexandria Addesso

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 • 7:04am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - At the Livingston Board of Education voting meeting on Monday, held at Mt. Pleasant Middle School instead of its usual location at Livingston High School, strides were made to better accommodate students with disabilities.

Multiple motions were passed by the board at the meeting including out of district placement of four Livingston students with disabilities. Although the board approved the measure, after the meeting board President Ronnie Spring expressed that more construction  to Livingston Public schools could help better accommodate students with disabilities and special needs rather than having to send them to schools out of district.
 
“It’s very important to educate students with their peers,” said Spring. “It’s very important to make sure the high school is capable of accomodating all students.”
 
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stefanie Cohen, the parent of a 10-year-old student, spoke in favor of the construction referendum and the need to make class room sizes smaller.
 
“We need to think about the future, not just the here and now,” said Cohen. 
 
If the construction referendum is passed on March 12, 14 classrooms will be added in the elementary schools as well as three information centers. 
 
The funds for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act also was approved by the by the board for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The grant for basic public schools was $1,024,930, which includes $215,718 for non-public and $55,013 for preschool.
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