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Grade Configuration Steering Committee Minutes

Dec. 19, 2016: Special populations

  • Brief welcome and agreement that discussion of ground rules to be unnecessary in the interest of time

  • Review and approval of last month's minutes

  • Review of previous meetings and presentations by Dr. Butterworth

  • Presentation on the special education population by Debby Sharpe-DeFries, director of special education, available here

    • Provided an overview of the special education process

    • Provided information on the various accommodations students receive

    • The most important factor for the committee to focus on is the impact that these accommodations will have on available space when planning for the creation of a long-term middle school

  • Presentation on the refugee and immigrant student populations by Tom Giglio, director of English-as-a-new-language and refugee services, available here

    • Provided an overview of the rapidly increasing student population of ENL and refugee families in Albany

    • Provided an overview of ENL services in the district and the possibilities for future programming

    • Discussion of CR part 154, legislation that has restructured ENL services by enacting unfunded mandates

    • Discussion of the creation of a Newcomer School, a facility that would give ENL and refugee families the option of attending for two years, then return to their neighborhood school

    • As with special education, the most important factor for the committee regarding ENL students is the space needed to provide them equitable accommodations

  • Time allotted for observer comments, but none were present

  • Final thoughts, introduction to next month's topic

    • Included an invitation to email committee members

    • Also suggested that the committee briefly revisit this month's

 

 

 

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