Saturday • August 7, 2021
HCPSS Proposes to Spend up to $500K in COVID-19 “ESSER II” Funds on New Special Needs Litigation-Focused Attorney
By Steven Keller
During the FY22 budget talks, Superintendent Martirano convinced the Board of Education to drop its requested funding (~$150K) for a dedicated Board attorney. The Board had request this in order to be able to receive independent legal advice and not be limited to the advice of Superintendent/Central Office-controlled HCPSS attorney, who first and foremost represents Martirano and his staff.
Now, according to information obtained from a recent MPIA response, Superintendent Martirano is turning around and proposing to use up to $500K of COVID-19 funds (ESSER II) to bring in an ~$150K/year Assistant General Counsel (for at least a 2 year contract, after which time the position will be funded by the standard HCPSS Operating Budget) to “assist with research, interpretation, and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA), and related Federal and State regulations”.