Pinellas County Fla. Looks to Save Millions by Tweaking Special Ed

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pinellas County Schools officials hope to shave about $6.5 million off their budget by retooling special education programs.

The school district spends $64 million more than the state average on its special education programs, said Bill Lawrence, the school district’s associate superintendent of teaching and learning, during a School Board workshop Tuesday.

Closing the K12 Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport and moving the students to other schools is expected to save $1.8 million, while other special education staffing changes are expected to save an additional $4.7 million. The move will not only save the district funding but also will provide more social interaction and extracurricular opportunities for the students, school district officials said.

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