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School Board Approves Special Education Deficit Request

September 16, 2020 8:18pm

The Storm Lake Board of Education this (Wed) evening approved a request to the School Budget Review Committee for modified supplemental amount and supplemental state aid for the special education program deficit of just over 646-thousand dollars.

The Storm Lake School District is required to pay for the education of any Storm Lake resident student. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Cole said the district has had more expensive services that have been going out to some students.

"Some kids that are included in that are kids that are in foster care.  You might see something with a kid that isn't currently living in Storm Lake.  Even when a child goes into foster care, since this is their resident district, we are still responsible to pay for the education."  

Board Secretary Trudy Pedersen said the deficit is due to the district serving many more students every year than were counted the previous year, and a few students turned out to be significantly more expensive than in the past. Pedersen said the deficit amount was not a surprise, and was 273-thousand dollars higher than the previous year's deficit. The district's total special education revenue for 2019-2020 is a little over 5.3-million dollars, which is for both resident and non-resident students. That includes 1.19 million of tuition from other districts. The deficit is only for Storm Lake students.

The total special education expenditures for the district is over 5.9-million dollars. The district received 2.11-million dollars from the district for special ed students.