Update #2 September 20, 2012
Dr. Lawrence has informed us that the decision to "cluster" is a managerial decision; therefore, board approval is not required. He stated the decision will be made by Transportation (department) and the board will be informed of the decision. I personally think board policy has to be approved by the board of education. We were also told that the parent meetings will be to INFORM parents of decisions made, not gather parent input. I find these statements very disturbing. Parents - please contact your board members and provide your input.
Board members names and contact information HERE.
Update #1 Emailed September 19, 2012
At our September 4, 2012 CAC meeting, Carolyn Patton, Special Education Administrator, provided us with an update on Special Education Transportation. As promised, attached is the PowerPoint presentation and the new Specialized Transportation Needs Assessment form which is being used to determine eligibility. As discussed at the meeting, the district is exploring the possibility of clustering but it has NOT yet been approved by the board of education. They are currently collecting data to see how many students would be affected and what would be the cost savings to implement clustering in our district. Parents input meetings have been postponed until the district decides if they will be considering a clustering model of providing transportation. I will keep you updated as we receive more information.