Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement

by Coy Holcombe.  

Before I talk about what the Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement is, I want to congratulate the volleyball teams and the football team for their great performances on Friday night. With one game to go in district play, the varsity volleyball team is on top in the district race. Their final district game will be Tuesday against Mineola. The game will be played in Eustace, with a start time of 5:00 for the freshman team. A win against Mineola will bring home the district championship to Eustace. Please make plans now to come out and support our volleyball teams on Tuesday.

The Bulldog varsity football team improved its district record to 2-1 with a 37-15 victory over Kemp. This Friday, the Bulldogs take on Wills Point in a key district match-up. Kickoff is set for 7:30 and will take place at Bulldog Stadium.

Also, a reminder that EISD will be hosting the district cross country meet today. The meet will start at 2:00. For a complete schedule and map to the meet site, please see last Thursday’s entry.

Now, what exactly is the Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement (HCSSA) and why is it important to EISD? The HCSSA is the special education co-op of which EISD is a member. There are six other Henderson County schools that are members of the HCSSA: Brownsboro, Malakoff, Cross Roads, La Poyner, Trinidad, and Murchison. The HCSSA was formed to help provide special education services to the member districts and to help all the member schools with the costs associated with these services.

Our diagnosticians, special education counselors, life skills teachers, special service providers (such as speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, etc.), and behavioral specialists are all employed by the HCSSA. The costs for these services are then spread among all of the member schools. The costs are dependent on the number of students a district has in the program. Currently, EISD provides about 28% of the funding for the HCSSA. Brownsboro provides the most funding (almost 36%) and Trinidad has the lowest funding portion (2%).

The idea behind a special education co-op is for school districts to come together to provide required services in the most cost effective manner. If we were not members of the HCSSA, EISD would still be responsible for providing all of the services. The only difference would be that EISD would then be responsible for 100% of the costs associated with the services.

EISD’s portion of the funding for the HCSSA is $412,433. This money is then combined with the other schools in the co-op to pay for all of the required special education services. The HCSSA employs a director (Dr. Mack Saxon) and is governed by a board made up of the superintendents from each member district. Brownsboro serves as the fiscal agent of the co-op.

If you have any questions regarding the HCSSA, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net. I hope everyone has a great week.

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