Sara Swanson

Special education millage to be on May 3 Ballot

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In Washtenaw County approximately 6,500, or 1-in-7, students receive special education services. Students with learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, and students with mild to severe physical and cognitive disabilities, receive an array of educational support from public school programs and professionals.

The annual countywide cost for these services is about $121 million. The current millage and funds from state and federal funding is approximately $97 million. Local districts divert approximately $24 million from the general operating fund to cover the balance of the expense.

On May 3rd, voters will be asked to consider a 1.5 mill increase which would generate about $22 million to help cover the unreimbursed costs of providing mandatory special education services. If you would like more information about the election, you can attend a Manchester community presentation on this topic on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 pm in the Ackerson board room at 410 City Road. You can also click HERE for more information or have your questions answered by contacting Superintendent Vannatter’s Office HERE.

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