During the school year just ended, the Fulton City School District moved closer to its goal of keeping in the district all of its students with disabilities.
There were 514 students with disabilities living in the district in the 2008-2009 school year, according to Katherine Adams, Director of Special Instructional Programs and Pupil Services for the district.
Of that number, 470 attended classes either in the school they would have attended based on where they live, or in another building in the district.Ã‚Â That’s up 12% from the year before.
Another 33 students attended classes within the district that were run by BOCES and 20 others attended school at BOCES in Mexico. One student was homeschooled.
District officials believe that students with disabilities benefit by staying in the school closest to their home.Ã‚Â It also saves the district the expense of paying BOCES for that student’s education.
“I firmly believe all of our students should be educated within the district,” said Board of Education member Rae Howard.