Special-education programs draw from district M&O levy dollars
By Neil Pierson
Like her fellow administrators around the Issaquah School District, Michelle Caponigro is concerned about providing resources for her special-education students.
For Caponigro, the principal at Pine Lake Middle School, that means having teachers in two learning resource centers — an LRC I class for students with specific learning disabilities who spend much of their day in a general classroom setting and an LRC II class for students with “significant challenges” who are more difficult to manage.
Of Pine Lake’s 847 students, about 60 are served by a special-education program, Caponigro said. There are three full-time LRC teachers at the school, a fraction of its certificated teaching staff of 40.