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School board addresses Special Olympics concerns

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2013




WHEATLAND - A group of parents and community members approached the Platte County School District No. 1 board during last week's meeting to advocate for a program they all held near and dear.

Richard Birkle, Jodi Palmer and Myron and Janet Singleton asked for the school board's help in creating a committee to address issues some parents had with the way the local Special Olympics program is run.

"It is my intention here tonight to bring awareness to this dysfunction and we hope our plea would implement the change needed to restructure this program," Birkle said in his comments to the board. He added the parents' hope is to allow students "to be afforded the opportunity the program intended and the mission and philosophy of the Special Olympics will be reinforced and would create an environment that nurtures the athletic skills of those with disabilities."

Birkle said the parents' concern also reached into finances.

"We just wanted to know what was going on (with the program's funding)," he told the board. "It was really met with a lot of frustration in order to share that information with us, which was causing our concern."

For the complete article see the 09-25-2013 issue.

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