From the Washtenaw Intermediate School District
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will seek renewal next May of a .9850 mill for seven years to support special education services for Washtenaw County students, including Ann Arbor. The millage – first approved by voters in September 2004 – expires this month.
The WISD Board of Education has voted to seek the renewal; the WISD will submit its request to the Washtenaw County Board of Election Commissioners for approval. If the request is approved, registered voters residing within the 10-district WISD service area would vote on the issue on May 3, 2011.
The funds will continue to reimburse local districts for special education programs and to help maintain quality services for all students in Washtenaw County’s public schools, said WISD Interim Superintendent Richard Leyshock.
“Seven years ago voters approved this millage,” he said. “We’re seeking the renewal because the demand for special education continues. And, without adequate special education millage, local districts will be required to take increasing dollar amounts from their general operating funds to provide special education programs that are required by state and federal law.”
Today, nearly 7,000 – or one in seven – students in Washtenaw County receive some kind of special education service.
For more information, call (734) 994-8100 or visit: www.wash.k12.mi.us