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ESE workshop in Hillsborough on Tuesday

Jeff Eakins headed up the ESE work group last year. He's now a deputy superintendent.

Marlene Sokol | TIMES

Jeff Eakins headed up the ESE work group last year. He's now a deputy superintendent.



More than a year ago, the Hillsborough County school district released a thick report by its Exceptional Student Education work group.

The project, which also involved the Council of the Great City Schools and a district advisory committee on ESE, found numerous shortcomings and recommended many changes.

Among them: Training should be mandatory, universal and documented for ESE aides, now called paraprofessionals. Pay should be raised. Systems should be sharpened on the school bus to make protect children with "red alert" status, which means staff must be familiar with their medical conditions. Serious accidents should be documented, and the School Board should be notified when they happen.

How's the effort progressing?

The School Board will get some information at a workshop Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at school district headquarters, 901 E Kennedy Boulevard. The public is generally not allowed to comment during workshops. But, as this is an in-the-sunshine meeting, the public can attend. Most workshops are held in a second-floor conference room.

Gradebook will post the agenda material as it becomes available.

Shortly before Spring Break, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the board she is going to each affected department to assess how far they have come in implementing the improvements.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:31am]


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