Greenwich school board to receive audit update on special education

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GREENWICH — A new audit of the special education services in the Greenwich Public Schools is underway, with a scheduled end date of June 2021.

At its Tuesday special meeting, the Board of Education will receive an update on the project, which started last month.

The Board of Education and the Greenwich Public Schools hired Public Consulting Group to conduct the audit at a cost of $98,000, a $30,000 increase on the original contract, which was recently amended. The project’s scope, after a request from Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones and the school board, has been widened to include a study of the creation of Individualized Education Plans for individual students and community feedback.

PCG comes to the project after parents and board members expressed concerns over the district’s original choice of an auditor, Tennessee-based education consultant Key2Ed. Detractors questioned the validity of the selection, noting that Key2Ed already had a relationship with district administrators. The firm had completed an audit of the district’s special education services 15 years ago, during the tenure of Mary Forde, who still oversees Greenwich special education in her role as chief pupil personnel services officer.

Parents were critical of Key2Ed’s methods, claiming they omitted certain comments that were negative about the district’s special education services, which had been under fire for more than two decades.

Complaints have ranged from the district failing to identify students eligible for special education services, to silencing teachers and forcing parents to seek legal action before offering required services.

Since the start of the new school year amid a pandemic, special education parents have again been vocal, saying the needs of their children are not being met in remote school.

The Board of Education will meet virtually at 7 p.m. For a link to watch or for more information,


Sisolak to update youth and adult sports at 1 p.m. press conference

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Update, 1 p.m.:

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak paved the way for adult and youth sports events to resume in Nevada, with restrictions, but made no determination on whether the Silver State’s high school sports calendar would include a fall season.

Speaking Friday afternoon at the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, Sisolak said the state’s resumption-of-play guidelines would go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The directives will cover youth and adult activities, but will not involve high school, collegiate or professional sports.

The new directives allow specific non-contact or minimal-contact sports to begin training, practicing and playing on Saturday. The directive applies to youth and adult organizations, club sports and “travel teams,” other private organizations, and recreational or park-based leagues.

The governor said that the minimal-contact sports that could resume immediately included baseball and softball, soccer, volleyball, golf, track and cross country, cheerleading (sidelines; no contact), swimming and diving, gymnastics, fencing, and kickball.

Sisolak highlighted many of the features of Nevada’s new directives, including:

  • Any sports league or organization must adopt a “Sports Safety Plan.” The plan must be submitted to and approved by the Nevada Department of Business & Industry before any competitions.
  • Tournaments, which Sisolak defined as large gatherings of teams or players in a single location, can begin on Oct. 24. Event organizers must have an approved Sports Safety Plan and must also submit a “Tournament COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan” to the state.
  • For all activities, a coach, manager or league official must assign a designated monitor to ensure social distancing is being observed and face coverings are worn, along with any other requirements put forth by the governor’s office. All adult coaches, managers, staff, and officials will be required to take a COVID test prior to beginning play.
  • Before any event, contactless temperature