Most children who want to open enroll into Janesville schools next year won’t have to worry about space.
On Tuesday, the board established the number of spaces available for the 2018-19 school year. It’s something state law requires them to do every year, and the board unanimously approved the staff’s recommendations.
In a memo to the board, Scott Garner, assistant superintendent, wrote the school district has spaces available in all grades and in all current special education programs with a few exceptions.
Those two exceptions are students with “level three intellectual disabilities” and those with “level three emotional disabilities.”
Level three students are those who one or more of the following:
- Have documented health, communication or behavior problems that occur with their primary disability.
- Require a entirely separate curriculum and pace requiring individual or small group instruction.
- Have substantial behavioral needs
- Receive direct or extensive indirect services from a special education teacher for more than 75 percent of the school day.
For the 2018-19 school year, the district expects to serve about 129 students with level three intellectual disabilities and about 78 students with level three emotional behavioral disorders.
Decisions about accepting open enrollment students have to do with recommended staffing levels for such students. The district also has to leave open a small number of slots for children with special needs who move into the district.
In other business, the board:
- Heard a report from the firm of Smith & Gesteland on the district’s annual audit. The district received an unmodified audit. That means the district’s financial statements “give a true and fair view” of the organization. It is the highest rating the district could get.
- Commended crossing guards for their work at 18 of the city’s busiest intersections.