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BOARD GETS UPDATE ON SPECIAL ED

Pioneer School Board members Tuesday were updated on efforts to give faculty and staff access to information on special-education students.

Michael Lucov, special-education director, told board members that the state is requiring school districts to provide copies of individualized educational plans to all staff and faculty who are in contact with special-education students.

School officials said a policy regarding this issue is required by the state to be in place by Dec. 11. Lucov told the board that he is working with district attorneys to have a possible proposal ready for board approval by the deadline.

The School Board has one more session to approve the policy before the deadline. The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Pioneer High School.

The district also will have special meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the high school regarding first-round interviews for the district's vacant superintendent position. District officials said the interviews will be done in executive session.

David Kurzawa, longtime Pioneer superintendent, announced his retirement this summer. Richard Cenni is interim superintendent.

There were no public comments at the meeting about the suicides reported last week by Arcade police involving two district students, ages 14 and 15. Another student from the district attempted suicide last week, according to Arcade police.

The audience was composed almost entirely of school administrators and the media.

School officials have stressed throughout the past week that support services will be available to Pioneer staff and students for as long as needed.