Huntley School District 158 Special Ed Moms poured in on during the public comment time before the school board Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night.
By the time that part of the meeting was over at 11:15, there was no clear consensus among board members to approve the plan as presented. More detail was requested.
They had done their homework, made possible by the school board’s having posted its board packet on the internet.
One after another they attacked various parts of the plan to spend Federal Stimulus money coming to help children with special needs.
There was a complaint that the gathering of information from staff and parents was inadequately promoted
One Mom took on the use of $80,000 for what seemed to be routine furniture purchases.
Another attacked Read 180:
“We don’t know this program will work for our kids.”
Taking up 43% of the $830,000 to be spent this year, “We don’t have any studies showing it will work on special needs students.”
Concerning staff development:
“I’m not really seeing that here.”
“It’s very tech heavy.”
“There are a lot of items that are very questionable.”
There was a toilet seat included.
“If we need that, we need that.”
In other words, why wait for Federal money to buy it?
“I don’t think the messages from the town hall came through on this list.”
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