New technology is coming to special education students in Cheatham County, while special education teachers are still needed in the district. The Cheatham County School District was recently awarded an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant in the amount of $9,999.98, according to Tim Adkins, CCSD Director of Communications.
School board members unanimously approved the funds at their regular June meeting.
“The grant was specific for technology to help remove barriers for students without access to a device for potential instruction and related services, that we experienced during our COVID-19 closure. The grant is being used to purchase 24 iPads and cases, and we expect to have the new devices available for students in the 2020-2021 school year,” Adkins said.
While special education students will have these helpful new tools for the school year, there are openings for special education teachers and staff the district is working to fill. The CCSD website listed special education teacher openings at West Cheatham Elementary, Cheatham County Central High, Harpeth Middle, and Pleasant View Elementary.
“As for the special education teachers, we do have a few current openings across the district,” he said.
“We also have a shortage with school psychologists and speech-language pathologists, and this is a national shortage as many districts across the country face the same situation. However, we are working diligently to have these positions filled by the time school resumes in August,” Adkins said.
If you are interested in the special education, psychology, or speech pathologist positions, contact the Cheatham County Board of Education at 615-792-5664.
You can also download an application by checking the employment section of the CCSD website: https://www.cheathamcountyschools.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1297097&type=d&pREC_ID=1502850.