|Wood Lane cancels lease with Jordan Center|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor|
|Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:08|
Wood County's Board of Developmental Disabilities is looking to save money as it asks voters to support a levy issue.
At Monday's meeting, the board agreed to non-renew the lease with the Jordan Family Development Center effective Dec. 31, and bring staff back to the Wood Lane campus.
According to Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery, early intervention services through Wood Lane and Help Me Grow of Wood County have been located at the Jordan Family Development Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University for many years. Wood Lane entered the agreement at JFDC to offer services to young families in the same setting with their peer group to advance efforts in community integration.
But in keeping with evolving practices, the current model of early intervention promotes the delivery of services in the natural setting: To provided services to infants and children wherever they are - parent homes, extended family homes, or day care.
As a result, over the past year, all direct early intervention services have been provided outside of the JFDC.
The only continued use at the JFDC is office space for staff members.
Stretchbery explained to the board that administrators have considered whether space was still needed at the center for staff, and determined in was not. Wood Lane School has two classrooms available for assessment and office space for all early intervention staff members.
Still, she added, the center will continue to rent space to Wood Lane for play groups, at approximately $25 per hour, or about $2,500 per year.
The change will save the board more than $60,000 per year, she concluded.
Also at Monday's meeting, Stretchbery asked the board to approve renewing the contract with the Rehabilitation Services Commission for the Bridges to Transition project.
The budget for the 2013-14 school year is projected to be the same as the current year in the amount of $375,730, including Wood Lane's match contribution of $85,000.
The Bridges to Transition project works to find employment for students leaving educational services.
"It's really difficult to turn down federal funds when looking at a levy," Stretchbery stated.
Wood Lane also will partner with Defiance, Paulding, and Van Wert counties to meet the RSC's requirement for case loads within the program.
Wood County could go it alone and continue offering the program, but would lose the money from the state by not meeting minimum course load requirements.
"We just can't see reducing services to people," Stretchbery said.
A website and Facebook page have been developed in support of the 2.95-mill levy that will generate $8,068,117 per year for five years.
The issue will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. The website is www.vote4woodlane.com, click on Facts and then Executive Summary for levy information and estimated costs to homeowners. The Facebook page is Wood Lane Levy Committee.
In other news, the first Wood Lane Recognition Celebration will be held on Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
Individuals will receive recognition for the following awards: Outstanding Self-Advocate, Individual Achievement, Family Achievement, Community Leader, Distinguished Service, Volunteer Achievement and Wood Lane Spirit Award. RSVP to Wood Lane at 419-352-5115 to attend.
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