Special education through AMA returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA – Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education recently authorized Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. to sign a contract that would allow special education services through the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District. Haskin, who signed the agreement in early December, said he anticipates full services starting today.

“I’m assuming they will start (today) full time,” Haskin said. “They came in earlier, four or five days before break. We gave them offices and showed them our space to make them feel welcomed.”

Haskin said Atlanta continued contracted special education services from Munson Home Services until winter break, but will rely on the intermediate school district plan.

“We kept Munson on the entire time so kids wouldn’t miss any appointments. We also wanted to make the transition smooth so kids will be familiar with workers,” Haskin said. “I’m hoping to move forward, full steam ahead.”

AMA ESD Superintendent Brian Wilmot said staff members have been assigned to Atlanta, but it will take time and effort to move forward.

“There’s a lot of work to do out there,” Wilmot said. “We’re analyzing cases and what needs to be done, case by case. We want to do it right.”

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at esiegmon@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.