CHAMPLAIN — Eighteen percent of students who attend NCCS are classified with needs requiring special services."That's too high," Superintendent of Schools Robert Hebert said to the audience that packed the Middle/High media center at the Northeastern Clinton Central School Board meeting.Response to Intervention, he said, would reduce that figure by catching children with potential learning difficulties early in the process, before they reach third grade.A classroom teacher, a remedial-reading teacher and special-education teacher will team up for 40 minutes every school day with the kindergartens and 60 minutes each with grades 1 and 2, Hebert said.The mandated program won't only help students with learning challenges, Hebert said in a separate interview."It will also enhance the learning for all students."Reading, he said, "is crucial to (a student) being able to achieve his potential in all subjects."At present, the district doesn't provide academic intervention support (remedial reading) until second grade, Hebert said.The program, which adds three teaching positions to NCCS staff, will cost about $200,000 next year. Its success, he added, will reduce the burden on taxpayers for very pricey special education.The cost of busing elementary students separate from those who attend the Middle/High won't differ much, the superintendent said."It's not double busing."Now, 32 bus runs are made.The new system would have 10 runs for Mooers Elementary, five transporting students to Rouses Point and 17 to the Middle/High."We had looked at adding one more in Rouses Point anyway," Hebert said.
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