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Special Ed Center Director Says Private Provider a “Possibility”

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Nearly 100 jobs may be on the line at the Black Hawk Area Special Education Center in East Moline, Illinois.

The Moline School District, which runs part of the co-operative, wants to withdraw in the 2014-15 school year. That means the BHASEC needs to find someone else to take its place.

News 8 sat down with the Director of BHASEC on Friday, January 11th, 2013. Michael Weger says the Superintendents of the 14 school districts that use BHASEC met on Thursday, January 10th and are discussing the possibility of having a private provider provide special education services for some of the BHASEC's programs.

A transition like that could save some money for the school districts involved, but Weger says any changes would take some time and the last thing he wants to do is rush.

"This is not an easy decision for anybody," says Weger. "I think the people on the front lines of both programs are not just worried for themselves but they're worried about the kids and the stability in the programming and when you have a good thing going, you hate to fix it. It's going to be tough so we're going to do our best to make it as smooth as possible for the kids and families and hopefully the staff."

The Superintedents from the other school districts still have to approve Moline's decision to withdraw from the co-op. They meet again on February 6th and if they do approve, the next step will be for them to decide if they want to pursue looking at private providers and if so... when.