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Yoakum taking over special education co-op

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.

The Yoakum school district will take over administration of the DeWitt-Lavaca Special Education Cooperative next school year.

The Cuero school district has been the fiscal agent for the multidistrict co-op since its inception in 1978, but recently, the school board voted to leave the co-op and create its own special education program.

The Yoakum school board voted Sept. 24 to approve the reconfiguration of the co-op with Yoakum as the fiscal agent, said Yoakum Superintendent Tom Kelley.

"We are still in the preliminary stages on how it will work here," Kelley said.

"Our next step is to see how many students we can expect and exactly where the facility will be located."

Kelley said the superintendents of the districts that make up the co-op also approved Yoakum as the new fiscal agent.

"We are doing it, but all the details are still being worked out," Kelley said.

Cuero had until Oct. 1 to officially notify the Texas Education Agency that it was withdrawing as the co-op's fiscal agent.

Between 65 and 70 students attend the co-op from school districts in the two counties other than Cuero.

Cuero Superintendent Jim Haley cited an increasing enrollment in the school district and rising costs as reasons Cuero left the co-op to form its own program.

Kelley said he expects Brian Billstein, the co-op's director for 20 years, to continue in that role in 2014-15.

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