Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union: Unspent grant money is not lost

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared April 3 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Location issues and difficulties in working out agreements with community partners have pushed back the start of a new special education program in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.

Special Education Director Wendy Foran hopes the new initiative, which was to be funded through a grant to the SVSU, will reduce the need for expensive out-of-district placements for trauma and mental health services and allow student needs to be met locally.

Those funds will now carry over into the next fiscal year, and Foran still hopes that the program will eventually come together.

“We want to continue and try and make it happen,” she said. “It’s a need in our community.”

“I’ve been talking about for a number of years expanding a program here in Bennington for more trauma and mental health services,” she said during a report to the SVSU board on Wednesday. “We send a lot of students to out-of-district placements, so it’s been a huge goal of mine. We allocated a large amount of money, around $200,000, to do that this school year, but we could not find an appropriate building.”

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