Special education services upheld despite fund drop

December 12, 2007

The Newport-Mesa school board received its annual independent auditor’s report Tuesday, this year conducted by third-party company Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP.

The company credited the board for maintaining specialized programs and services despite a reduction in state funding.

The district dipped into its general fund significantly, $21.8 million worth, to fund special education in the district.

That’s nearly 60% more in expenses than the district is allocated for special education funding. The state average is 15% to 25%.

The district also spent $5.1 million more for transportation than budgeted.

According to the audit report, the district needs more state aid, but in the case of special education, does not qualify for it.


This and class size reduction programs are going to have adverse effects on the district’s general fund in coming years, the report stated.

The board elected its new president and vice president as well, with Martha Fluor taking over as president and Dana Black stepping in as vice president.

Both will serve in one-year terms for the 2007-08 school years. Karen Yelsey was elected as clerk of the board.

— Joseph Serna

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