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Brookfield officials discuss special education costs

A joint meeting of the Brookfield Boards of Education, Selectmen and Fiance was held this week to talk about soaring costs for special education.  The Superintendent says three new students with special needs have joined the district this past week.  The Newstimes reports that their education plans are still being discussed, but it could bring the number to 8 of students who could be placed out of district.  The budget overage is estimated at between $730,000 and $995,000.  Outplacements are considered a last resort, with districts trying to provide appropriate services to students in their home community.  The selectmen approved $208,000 from town savings in the budget for the known increase. The Board of Finance will consider the request next month.

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