Western Reserve OKs contract for 'very diverse' student needs

Zoe Greszler • Apr 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

COLLINS — It was quick meeting for the Western Reserve school board Wednesday, wrapping up in about half an hour. Still, it was none the less important for the district, especially when it comes to ensuring the best education possible for each student’s specific needs.

The board approved a contract with North Point Alternative Learning Center, which will allow students who may struggle with extreme mental or physical disabilities to get the most out of their time at school, Superintendent Rodge Wilson said.

“There’s a statue that says all school districts have to contract for shared services (to offer services it can’t),” he added.

“For a small districts, there’s no way you need a full-time person for these positions. Sometimes we might only need someone for six days a year. We don’t have the budget or the need to hire them full time. This (North Point) provides a school with all the resources for student who don't fit a typical brick-and-mortar school house setting.”

Wilson said this includes those students who may have “severe learning disabilities or multiple handicaps” — situations that would be beyond what the average teacher could adequately provide in her classroom.

“If I only have one student who has these very, very high needs, I can't afford to hire three people,” he said. “So North Point has these contracts for people. I may only have one or two students that fit this category. This allows him or her (to get the help they need).”

This assistance could be different in each situation, Wilson said.

“It all depends on the kid,” he added. “They may need a one-on-one aide or a nurse. They may need behavioral specialist. They may need in house wraparound therapy. The needs are very diverse.”

No matter the needs, Wilson said Western Reserve is trying to look out for each student and his or her needs. 

In other board happenings, the board:

• Approved an overnight trip of the FFA group to attend the May 3 and 4 state FFA convention.

• Approved the overnight and out-of-state trip for the boys’ basketball program June 9 and 10 to Wheeling, W.Va.

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