May 22, 2013
Mineola, NY - An audit released by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos of the County’s $115 million Preschool Special Education program found no significant issues affecting children; however, it identifies steps that can safeguard the quality of the education and that may decrease the cost of providing preschool special education services. The audit covered the period 2009 and 2010.
“This program provides essential services to our preschool children with special needs,” Comptroller Maragos said. “It is critical for the Department of Health to continually look for greater efficiencies and improve oversight to ensure that children receive the help they need to overcome early challenges while the taxpayers are protected.”
The audit recommends greater oversight, suggesting increased municipal representatives at key evaluation meetings and more frequent inspections of service providers. Additionally, a number of administrative recommendations are provided to reduce costs without compromising the quality of the children’s education.
The major report recommendations are:
The recommendations in our report are essential to ensure that all preschool special education services are provided in the best interest of the children, and not for the contractors providing them,” Comptroller Maragos added.
Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: