UPDATED: School District Considers Replacing Aides With Paraprofessionals

Parents of special needs children voiced concerns at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly states that current aides are certified. That is not true. Patch apologizes for the error.


The Cinnaminson School District is considering replacing the district's current aides with paraprofessionals  The Cinnaminson Sun reports.

The school district hired a board-certified behavior analyst to oversee programs for students with autism on a daily basis, according to the report.

The district has already been able to keep many students in district because of this hire, and believes the next step is to hire paraprofessionals, according to the report.

The paraprofessionals would replace 10 of the 14 contracted aides. The paraprofessionals have to work a full year before being certified, according to the report. Certification is a new credential. Current aides also are not certified.

The district said there will be no reduction in services, and some students may receive more services.

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