RE: “Gengras/St.Joe: Student M: $82,300″ from the 2007/2008 budget
The young man who was placed at Gengras was ‘inherited’ from another public school system when his mother moved back to Woodstock. He was 19 years old, did not walk, did not talk, was not toilet trained, was intellectually disabled, had brain damage, and was tube fed. Besides being in a self-contained class for severely impaired individuals he required nursing services, a one to one TA, OT services, PT services, Speech and Language services, specialized vocational experiences (because of his age it is required), and special transportation. He not only went to school during the regular school year but also had summer services. He was undoubtedly the most severe special education student the school system has had. The Woodstock school system tried to return him to Woodstock to reduce costs but the mother would not hear of it because this student had been in the Gengras program for a long time. Even if he had come back to Woodstock, he probably would have cost as much in an EastConn program as this program costs around $47,000 for a student who is just a behavioral issue or has a severe learning disability.
So yes, this poor kid’s teaching was very expensive and, no, he did not make much progress; but the school system was still required by state statutes to provide him with a very extensive (and expensive) program.