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Haskin signs agreement, special ed to start Monday

December 6, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ATLANTA - The ongoing disputes between Atlanta Community Schools and the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District has come to an end, after conflicts from June 2011, when former Superintendent Teresa Stauffer refused to sign a contract that would allow special education services through the intermediate school district plan.

Thursday evening, the Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education held a special meeting to approve one action item, authorizing Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. to sign the special education agreement for special education services through the AMA ESD. The motion was made by board member Dave Fisher and supported by Michael Talbot, and without further discussion the resolution passed unanimously.

"The past year, year and a half has been trying on everybody, but the lawsuit is gone and the previous superintendent is gone," President John Fazekas said. "It's better to forget about the past and move forward, or get out of the way of the people who can."

Fazekas said former Superintendent Teresa Stauffer submitted a letter of resignation on Oct. 10, canceling the contract as a consultant for the district's legal issues with the AMA ESD. Stauffer was contracted by the board in July to assist with the lawsuit, after she resigned from her leadership position in April.

"(Stauffer) is no longer associated with the Atlanta Community Schools district," Fazekas said. "We're not going to rehash this."

Haskin signed the agreement immediately after the meeting, and said it would be faxed to Superintendent Brian Wilmot.

"We don't have time to waste, services will resume on Monday," Haskin said. "We need to move forward at this time and we're going to do just that."

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