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HPS to add staff to Special Education program

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 5:48 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Public Schools will soon be adding a new member to their team aimed at helping the Special Education program. The Assistant Director position will focus on the birth to preschool aged children.

In 2022, all preschools in the district will be in the Morton Elementary building. The new person will work closely with parents to help kids in their development and address any learning disabilities they may be dealing with.

“This person will really allow us to make sure that our professional development is targeted and really supports our teachers and helps to grow our programs,” Special Education Director Kandace Garwood said.

There are over 900 kids in the special education programs in the district that have over a dozen different qualifiers and needs. The children attend classes with teachers who provide their core education, but the program makes so no kids fall behind and is developing on track.

“Right now our focus really is on reading. We want our students to be able to reach grade level reading as much as they possibly can,” Garwood said. “So we provide a lot of interventions for reading and then also in the classroom we want strong core instruction and then in addition to that we want to make sure there are accommodations in place.”

The hiring process has already begun and the assistant director is slated to begin in the 2021-2022 school year.

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