HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-121

Requestor
Barb Krupiarz
Requested Information
The Board memo from the Superintendent presented at the April 28, 2022 meeting provides information about the funding of special education: "We have received questions regarding the full funding of special education and the county’s press release stating that special education is fully funded. It is important to point out that what was being referenced was the $7.3 million new funding for 151 positions and other costs included in the BOE Requested Budget." However, the number of new positions in the back of the Board's proposed Operating Budget book lists 221.2 new positions in special education (see attached). I am requesting the delineation of the 151 positions.
Date Received
Status
Complete
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, staff indicates the Board Requested FY23 Operating Budget included three priority areas with increased staffing for special education:

  • Maintaining and Meeting the Needs for Existing Service levels - 151.0 positions
  • Blueprint Expansion of PreK Services - 70.2 positions
  • Expansion of the Digital Education Center - 26.0 position
    • Total new Special Education Positions = 247.2 (please note, 221.2 does not include DEC positions)

Pages references for details to support these numbers and the position types as found in this document https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/budget/fy23/fy23-board-requested-operating-budget.pdf include:

  • 42 - Summary Schedule of FY23 Requested New Positions
  • 20-21 - Continuing to Advance Staffing Needs for Special Education
  • 22 and 356 - Digital Education Center
  • 28-29 - Early Childhood Education (PreK expansion)