October 4, 2019
5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Special ed. enrollment
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The county school system has about 320 employees devoted to special education, including these at Kettle Run High.
Fauquier County Public Schools students receive special education services.
That represents 17.5 percent of total enrollment, which stood at 11,158 on Sept. 6.
Of its $148.3-million budget he school system this year expects to spend $22.1 million for special education.
Staffing includes 150 special education teachers, 120 paraprofessionals and 50 service providers, including therapists, psychologists, diagnosticians, social workers and administrators.
The school system recently earned the top Virginia Department of Education rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities and for compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 2017-18. The total performance grade of 95 percent based represents the best rating the school system has ever received for serving students with disabilities.
After expenses, the amount of money that Bethel United Methodist Church’s “Annual Charity Auction” raised on Aug. 24.
The Blantyre Road church north of Warrenton distributed the proceeds to Fauquier Family Shelter Service Inc., Hospice Support of Fauquier County, Fauquier FISH, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity and MOM (Methodist Outreach Ministry).
Since its 2008 inception, the auction has raised $156,750, which Bethel United has given to organizations that help the needy.
In addition to individual donations, more than 80 area businesses contributed items or gift cards for this year’s auction.
The low bid county government received from Groundscapes LLC of Warrenton for construction of the planned Woods at Warrenton subdivision trail.
Fauquier’s board of supervisors on Sept. 12 conditionally awarded the contract to Groundscapes. If required by a Virginia Department of Transportation review, the county will consider the project’s next lowest bid of $717,985 from Kickin Asphalt Paving & Excavating LLC of Strasburg.
The contractor will have 120 days to complete the one-mile trail for the subdivision along the town’s eastern edge. The county parks and recreation department has no estimated starting date for construction. Funding sources include:
• PATH Foundation, $528,332.
• VDOT, $520,030.
• County government, $73,679.
• Fauquier Trails Coalition, $20,000.
Funded at $1.1 million, the money will be used for construction, unexpected costs and engineering, inspection, permit and VDOT fees.
Ticket and silent auction revenue generated by the Fauquier Historical Society’s Sept. 25 annual dinner at the Fauquier Springs County Club.
After expenses, the event cleared $1,401, according to museum Executive Director Erin Clark.
The money will be used to operate the museum and fund exhibits and various educational programs.
The Town of Warrenton’s tax-supported debt, including $7.3 million in principal and just more than $1 million in expected interest over the next 12 years.
Richmond-based Davenport & Co. reported that Warrenton comfortably has the capacity to borrow almost $14 million over the next four years to buy the BB&T building at 21 Main St., renovate it for a new Town Hall, and take on other capital projects.
The town council has yet to decide on some of those potential projects and their funding. Davenport has presented a range of options.
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MichelleH · October 7, 2019 at 7:53 am
I am grateful for the man, many, many school employees that have helped my autistic 14 year old child. But unfortunately my child’s IDEA rights have been violated and I have had to retain an attorney, Belkowitz Law. I say this because I know at least ten more families who have also have had their children’s rights violated as well. What the public needs to know: Over 85% of the cases of special education suits the proceed to Due Process lose. Not because they did not have a case, but because it is the county that watches itself. The School Board are the ones who a family brings a case against to be heard. If you lose , the family must then come up with the money to proceed to court. Then if they lose in court they can take it to state court and then federal court. In federal court special education students win. But that takes years and money.So the county has no accountability because what parent has years and years and money to fight a school system that has unlimited funds to fight back. Plus once you start fighting they do fight back with your child in the middle. I know if you have not had my experience you are thinking that of course as humans our teachers and administrators are keeping our children safe. They are not because our system is broken. I am speaking my truth and my experiences because they matter. Our children matter!
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