County official cites pride in special education efforts 12% of students receive services

February 04, 1993|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

The county's special education supervisor says he's proud that the Carroll public school system is able to develop and maintain programs for children from birth to age 21.

"In my opinion, special education programs in Carroll County are [among] the best in the state and on the East Coast," Dr. Harry Fogle, the supervisor, told members of the Carroll County Children's Council yesterday.

There are approximately 23,000 students who presently attend Carroll County schools, including 2,815 students with disabilities, Dr. Fogle said.

That means about 12 percent of the total student population is receiving some type of special education service from a department that has an annual operating budget of about $12 million.

"We have students who are receiving all intensity levels of services," Dr. Fogle said.

"These levels include counseling, speech pathology, reading, motor-skill development, occupational and physical therapy and transportation."

He said that 96 percent of the students with disabilities are able to get their education in a regular school environment where they can interact with peers at some time during the day.

In other business, the council announced that the fifth annual Children's Fair will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at Cranberry Mall.

Some 32 county agencies and non-profit organizations supporting children and youth will be on hand to display information and services.

Entertainment will include storybook characters, a story time and a children's fashion show.

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