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Carroll County Public Schools to present multimillion-dollar plan for recovery

Carroll County Public Schools is proposing to spend millions for student recovery between summer 2021 and 2022.

A draft of a recovery plan and its costs was posted to the school’s website ahead of Wednesday night’s Carroll County Board of Education meeting. It includes spending about $5 million during the summer and between $750,000 to $1 million each semester during 2021-2022 school year for recovery and compensatory services.

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The document for Wednesday’s meeting states about a quarter of the student population are not meeting enrolled grade level standards based on the local and state assessments as well as the number of failing grades in the first and second quarter this school year. Between 2,000 to 2,500 special education students and 2,500 to 3,5000 general education students will need help recovering.

“Identified special education students in addition to recommended general education students would be roughly 6,000+ students across our 40+ schools,” the document states

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Compensatory and recovery services will be offered during next school year with extended learning opportunities after school, Saturdays or other times.

For this summer, recovery and compensatory services will be provided from July 6 to Aug. 6 on a half-day schedule with students who require extended school year services staying for the second half of the day. The student to teacher ratio will not exceed 14 to 1 with 6,000 students and 428 teachers for 24 days. They are planning to pay $5 million for the teachers, assistants, nurses and transportation.

In the fall, the school system is anticipating 3,000 students and 215 teachers three days a week for about $750,000 to $1 million. They are anticipating the same for the spring, according to the document. The summer of 2022 services are expected to cost the same as the summer 2021 services but with half the number of students and teachers.

CCPS staff recently announced that 80 10-month staff will be converted to 11-month staff to help with recovery services at a cost of $600,000. And the board recently agreed to request $209.8 million from the county for its fiscal year 2022 budget noting the need to pay for academic recovery.

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“We need it,” board member Ken Kiler said at the time. “Not only is it fair that we get it but we need it.”

Wednesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will be livestreamed from the CCPS website.

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