School Union 76 has entered into an agreement with 21 other school districts or regional school units for certain special education students.
The Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities (SPRCE) provides day treatment, alternative and individualized services in the Bangor area. Union 76 had once been a member, about 15 to 20 years ago, according to Superintendent Chris Elkington.
Member school districts may also enroll teachers and ed. techs. in a new Special Education Leadership Academy, allowing them to earn state certification and/or a master’s degree in special education through the University of Maine.
“We rejoined to look at taking advantage of hopeful regional efforts at supporting professional development and special education needs,” Elkington said.
Under the SPRCE agreement, members pay a percentage of the program budget that equals the percentage of Program students from that school administrative unit. Elkington said one student may enroll in services next year.