Clear Creek ISD’s board of trustees at its April 15 meeting approved adding 16 full-time equivalent, or FTE, employees for the Special Services department.

The overview

Over the last five years, the student population in the Special Services department has increased by 1,985, according to district agenda documents.

The following areas in the department have been impacted by this increase:
  • Specialized instruction
  • Behavior supports
  • Related services
  • Inclusion practices
The Special Services department is the district’s program to educate students with disabilities, according to the district’s website.

Diving in deeper

Additional staffing is necessary to maintain appropriate teacher-to-student ratios and ensure each student receives the support they require, according to agenda documents.

This will cost the district $1.12 million, according to agenda documents.

Quote of note

“I know this is an item that has definitely gotten a lot of attention over the last several years and just continually making sure we have the right staffing for our special needs population as that number continues to grow,” board trustee Scott Bowen said at the meeting. “I just want to thank the district for taking the effort to make sure that we have the right number of people for that and continually provide a quality program.”