Atascadero school district will take over its special education programs next year

The Atascadero School District will transfer special education classes to its control by July 1.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to transfer nine special education programs to district control from the county Office of Education.

A certified letter was mailed this morning notifying the Special Education Local Plan Area and the county Office of Education of the decision, according to district staff.

The transfer will move eight classes of severely handicapped students, two classes of preschool students, two classes of emotionally disturbed students and one autism program.

The district is proposing to leave those students categorized as medically fragile and those in work transition programs who are older than 18 under the control of the county Office of Education.

Superintendent John Rogers has said that the change was prompted by the desire to include all youth in the school district and to reduce the fiscal impact of the program on the school district’s general fund.

--AnnMarie Cornejo