Progress Center Contract

Adminitrative Recommendation /MOTION/ I move we aprove the progress center contract as presented.

 

To:      Michael Green                     
From: Deb Kernen
Date:  6/21/2010
Re:      Progress Center Contract

As you know, Progress Center is located in Longview and has been providing 0-2 services for over a decade for our district.  They provide an extensive array of services for families of handicapped children.  Some of the services provided include:  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Special Education services in the home and in-center, classroom, child find screenings, Neurodevelopmental Testing and nurse consulting.

Progress Center qualifies children according to state regulations and our district is provided all the paperwork/information.    Our staff and I review the records and are included in the yearly Individual Family Service Plan. We have typically averaged about 7 children per month being served through this program.  Once the child turns 3 and continues to be developmentally delayed they transition into our special ed. Preschool if they continue to qualify for services.

This year Progress Center is requesting an increase of 2.9% for this next school year.  We currently pay $480.99 per child eligible.  Next year that cost would be $494.94 per student.   The reason stated for this increase is that since the 2001-2002 school year their contract has lagged 2.9% behind the Consumer Price Index.  The 2.9% increase in this contract will allow them to be funded to the same level which was in effect nine years ago We count these children on our monthly special ed. count and they are funded by the state.  I would like to recommend that we accept this contract as it seems fair and reasonable.