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Schools reimbursed $27,000

The Somerset School District received a $27,819 reimbursement from the state last week as part of the Department of Public Instruction's 'Keeping The Promise' aid plan.

Funds totalling $5.4 million went out to 127 school districts around the state. The funds are a reimbursement to school districts for special education students with severe or multiple disabilities where educational costs for the child exceeded $30,000 during the 2006-07 school year.

Somerset Director of Pupil Services Darren Kern said there were seven students in the Somerset District who qualified in this area.

"It's for kids who require extra, whether it's a one-to-one aide or one-to-one teacher. Some are in a specialized program or have unique medical needs," Kern said.

The Keeping The Promise program was begun by State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster in 2003 to address the high cost of educating students with special needs.