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Pine-Richland board approves alternative education

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Pine-Richland School Board approved agreements with two alternative education services at the July 15 combined school board meeting.

Adelphoi Education's alternative education services and Your Educational Success program both were approved at a per diem cost of $72.75 for a regular education student and $80.10 for a special education student on an as-needed basis.

Mars Home for Youth Longmore Academy alternative education services were approved at a per diem rate of $80 for a regular education student and $85 for a special education student on an as-needed basis.

Both agreements are annual.

Last year, 24 students at Pine-Richland High School were placed in alternative education programs, including Longmore Academy and nine other programs, said Rachel Hathhorn, director of communications at Pine-Richland.

Six students were placed at Longmore Academy last year, Hathhorn said. Pine-Richland has had a relationship with Longmore since 2006.

No students attended Adelphoi last year or the previous year, but Hathhorn said the district has been ready to work with Adelphoi for the past three to four years.

If the district cannot provide services for a student, school officials will seek outside placement, Hathhorn said.

Some students have an individualized education plan, or IEP, that spells out the type of instruction the student needs and directs the district to the services they need.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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