Board OKs plan for special education


The Harford County school board approved last week plans for special education and for the Title I program for disadvantaged students.

The plan for Title I, a federal program designed to improve the reading and math skills of disadvantaged students, calls for the program to be maintained in 13 elementary schools. New federal eligibility requirements would have limited the program to six schools this year, but county money will keep the program in the seven remaining schools.

The program, formerly known as Chapter I, provides specialized teachers, parent involvement programs, home visitors and other services.

In other action Monday, the board unanimously voted to approve an update of the comprehensive plan for special education that lays out the number of special education supervisors, teachers, assistants, hearing interpreters and speech pathologists for the

coming school year.

The board also pushed ahead planning dates for several school renovation projects. The board will request state planning money for Edgewood, Meadowvale and Deerfield elementary schools in the 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 school years, respectively, one year earlier than scheduled for each school.

The board is asking for public comment on a proposal to name Bel Air High School's athletic field for the late Albert C. Cesky, who served as a coach, assistant principal and county supervisor of athletics for 30 years in Harford.

The measure would have to be an exception to board policy, which prohibits memorials in school buildings or on school grounds to deceased students, members of a school staff or others. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its Sept. 11 meeting.

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