Archive for Thursday, September 5, 2013

40 years ago: Pinckney to pilot special ed program

September 5, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 5, 1973:

The Lawrence School District board this week approved an experimental special education program at Pinckney School. After lengthy discussion at their regular meeting, board members approved a district administration request for a $9,900 federal grant for one year to cover the pilot program. In the program, with parental approval, several students with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities were to be placed in regular classrooms at Pinckney. Program advisor Jerry Chaffin said that every attempt would be made to keep the students in regular classrooms, with visits to the resource center as needed. Supt. Carl Knox, responding to questions from board members, said that the experimental program presented a team approach and allowed for continuous monitoring, both of which the current district policy did not do. Also during the meeting, the board voted 5-2 to discontinue the special milk program for the current year. The program, which had provided milk for children between meals, was not to receive federal subsidies this year. One board member, voting against the discontinuance, questioned "why the program was good when the federal government was paying for it and not good when we have to pay.... For the protein your kid gets n the morning, it might be worth the price." In other milk news, the board accepted a bid of 7.3 cents per half-pint carton from All Star Dairy for the milk used in the lunch program.


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