Mars Area to create special education committee

July 10, 2019 Cranberry Local News

ADAMS TWP — Every education is special.

Mars Area School District’s efforts to improve its special and gifted education programs are taking a new direction: special education and gifted education parent advisory committees.

“It was an idea that I had when I applied here,” said Travis Mineard, the district’s special education director. “It’s a new step.”

The district began seeking parents of identified special and gifted education students to volunteer their time for the 2019-20 year last week. Mineard, who is entering his second year at the district, hopes to use the program to help parents better understand the special and gifted education programs.

With at least two parents per district school building — 10 parents total — the committees will train, inform and connect with the district and community.

“(We want) to hear parents, to hear their concerns,” Mineard said. “(And) improve both programs.”

Read the full story in Wednesday's Cranberry Eagle.