The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board of education met for its regular meeting Monday in their first virtual meeting in months.

During the instructional focus portion of the meeting, Special Programs Director Carole Brown presented to the board supports and programming to help with exceptional learners.

Exceptional learners include special education students and English language learners.

Brown said there are a total of 375 special education students and 66 ELL students in the district.

The year before last year, Brown said there was an increase of about 40 special education students within the district.

“The numbers are growing so what we do is also growing,” she said.

Supports and programming have been put in place to help these students and their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she said is essential to support both.

Supports include:

n Live teaching

n Technology

n Communication

n Targeted services

With live teaching, Brown said teachers in the district are trying their best to maintain station teaching, conduct team teaching and one-on-one teaching.

For technology, she said teachers have been having not only scheduled Google Meets for classrooms, but then remaining in those meets all day so that students and parents can enter in and ask questions if needed.

She also said teachers are recording their lessons to continue to guide students and parents and making sure students know how to Chromebooks and other programs and applications used for their education.

Brown said communications between teachers and parents is doing well, but said she does want to be at a higher level in terms of parent engagement by aiding them as much as staff members can.

Targeted services have been put in place the last week for students in mobility, speech and other related services by allowing them the option to come to school for direct instruction while allowing for safety precautions.

Brown said teachers and instructional assistants have spent “countless” hours preparing synchronous teaching and student learning.

The board also approved three different documents pertaining to the Elizabethtown High School Field House, including the final pay application which states $1,515,113.56 was the final pay for the project.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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