by Coy Holcombe.
During the July regular board meeting, the EISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pull out of the Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement (HCSSA) for the 2011-2012 school year. The HCSSA is the special education co-op that EISD is currently a member. EISD will stay a member of HCSSA for the 2010-2011 school year. Then, beginning in September of 2011, EISD will operate its own special education program.
Operating its own special education program offers many advantages for EISD and the students involved in this program:
- The cost of being a member of the co-op was increasing due to Brownsboro pulling out. This left EISD with a larger percentage of the total operating budget of the co-op. After doing a study on the costs of the program, it was determined that EISD would be better off financially operating its own program.
- Students will no longer have to be transported to Malakoff for certain services. All the services will be provided in EISD.
- EISD will hire its own personnel for the special education program. The personnel will be devoted to serving only the students of EISD.
- There will be no loss of services. EISD will provide all the services that students are currently receiving through the co-op.
Overall, the bottom line is that our students will benefit from this move. As a district, we will be able to meet the day to day needs of our students better by operating our own special education program. I believe that this is a great opportunity to improve upon an already good program. If you have any questions or comments about the starting of our own special education program, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.