No changes made to draft Mathews school budget
Following a public hearing Tuesday night, the Mathews County School Board made no modifications to its proposed $13.61 million budget.
Only one speaker—Barbara Fleming, chairman of the division’s Special Education Advisory Committee—addressed the board during the hearing, which was held in the Mathews High School media center.
Fleming urged the school board to meet its required staffing obligation for special needs students. “What is needed are one or two more paraprofessionals for special education,” she said. She alluded to a letter in Feb. 27 Gazette-Journal by a parent of a special needs child expressing concern that delays in mandatory support services may have exacerbated his problems, and urging other parents to advocate vigorously at the state and local levels for schools to provide these agreed-upon services.
During the work session following the public hearing, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran explained that mandated special ed services are being provided, but there may be some delay between when special needs students are first identified and resources can be found to serve them.