LEWISTON — The school district spends too much money on its special education program, according to an audit conducted by American Educational Consultants.

For example, the audit shows a discrepancy between the number of education technicians needed according to individual education plans and the actual number of ed techs the district hires.

“Your IEPs are not indicating a need for 200 ed techs,” education consultant Keith Kelly told the School Committee on Monday.

The district has budgeted for 246 ed tech positions, but only 200 are filled.

The audit indicates 71 would be enough.

Of the 200, fewer than 15 are general education technicians. Most work in special education.

“Are you saying Lewiston is really not excellent at writing IEPs that reflect what students need?”

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