Alder receives more funds for special education


(Posted July 30, 2015)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Jonathan Alder Schools is receiving more in federal funds for special education programs than it did in previous years

According to Superintendent Gary Chapman, the district will receive $401,471 for special education for this school year. That is significantly higher than previous years’ allocations, he said.

Federal funds for other programs are slightly less than last year. The biggest chunk, $274,157, is from the Title I program, which is based on the poverty level in the district, and is used for free lunches.

Other funds include $48,269 in Title II funds, used for professional development, and $8,892 for early childhood special education.

In other business, the board voted to give Chapman a 3 percent pay raise. Chapman’s base salary is $110,823. After his first year on the job, he received a 2 percent increase. Then, during the 2013-14 school year, all wages were frozen because of the district’s financial problems. Last year, he received a 2 percent increase.

At the end of the meeting, board members went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The board still has to hire several people to fill vacancies, some created by resignations accepted at the meeting.

“We have to get ready for Aug. 19,” Chapman said, referring to the first day of the 2015-16 school year.

The district has already scheduled some special events:

  • Aug. 4—Freshman orientation and schedule pick-up, 7-9 p.m.
  • Aug. 6—Meet the Principal and schedule pick-up for gardes 10-12, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 13—Plain City Elementary pre-school parent orientation, 6-7 p.m.
  • Aug.17—Plain City Elementary (grades 1-3) School Year’s Eve party, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 17—Monroe Elementary preschool and kindergarten School Year’s Eve party, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 17—Junior High open house, 7-8 p.m.
  • Aug. 18—Monroe Elementary School Year’s Eve party for older grades, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 28—Plain City Elementary preschool, kindergarten and fourth grade School Year’s Eve party, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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