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District 2 to switch membership in SEDOM

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 11:12 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – District 2 plans on joining three other school districts in switching to a reduced membership with the Special Education District of McHenry County.

The school board unanimously approved switching tiers within the cooperative, starting a 17-month process that would allow the district to keep a portion of the federal dollars currently going to the cooperative.

The district also would have to pay more for services provided by SEDOM, but the one student currently receiving services is set to graduate to the high school district, which plans on keeping full membership in the cooperative, said Jackie Miller, the special education director for both districts.

The projected need for SEDOM programming is not expected to offset the dollars the district would get to keep under the tier change, Miller said.

This school year, the district will pay about $80,500 to the cooperative, about $5,200 more than it would if it were in the other tier, according to board documents.

The decision to switch tiers followed a move by District 200 to completely leave the cooperative, which will bring the number of member districts to 17. Cary District 26 also is considering leaving the cooperative in a year or two.

SEDOM’s role has shrunk over the past several years as more and more districts bring special education services in house. The cooperative announced in May it would cut about 50 percent of its employees, 122 positions in all, at the end of the school year because of reduced enrollment and fewer requests from districts.

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