Admins, school board battle over 2% raise

Negotiations between school administrators and the Board of Education drew contentious debate at two arbitration hearings over the weekend, with lawyers on both sides using the special education debacle to try and sway the arbitration panel.
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Osypuk says parents were ‘insatiable’

A controversial piece of a complicated puzzle has emerged with an 18-page letter penned by Darien’s former special education director who describes a desperate Board of Education that hired her to fix a culture that catered to the whims of demanding parents and their high-powered lawyers.
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As outplacements rise, parents seek answers

More than 10% of children with disabilities are being taught in schools outside of Darien, and this has parents and district administrators concerned for a variety of reasons. Yet the exact number of children who are receiving special education services who live in Darien remains unreported.
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Forensic audit begins, financier urges parents to assist

The forensic audit into Darien’s special education reimbursements began last week, despite the auditor being hired in late November.

Kate Buch, finance director, said the annual audit was also taking place at the end of last year, so that work took precedence. It’s unclear how long the audit will take. CohnReznick was hired, and estimated the job to cost from $12,000 to $15,000.
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