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Future of special education organization under question

November 7, 2018

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — The new executive director of a Rhode Island nonprofit that helps special education students says she will do whatever it takes to keep the program afloat.

WJAR-TV reports that Northern Rhode Island Collaborative head Georgia Fortunato said during a board meeting Tuesday she has instituted cost cutting measures, such as not renewing leases and removing part time positions.

Still, the board approved retaining a special counsel to “explore insolvency matters.”

Local school districts pay tuition to the nonprofit to help with the most challenging special education students.

The nonprofit, which once served close to 200 students, now serves 88 students.

Fortunato says the board has not made a decision on the collaborative’s future.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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