The director of special education for Palo Alto schools will present an update on special education programs tonight to the Palo Alto Board of Education.
About 10 percent of Palo Alto's 12,500 K-12 students receive a wide range of special education services, from getting extra help or special accommodations in regular classrooms to having the school district pay for specialized private education.
Tonight's presentation by Director of Special Education Holly Wade comes during a district-wide observation of National Bullying Prevention Month and on the eve of Unity Day, in which school activities are planned to celebrate the inclusion of all students.
Also tonight, the board is scheduled to vote on schematic designs for a new athletic center for Palo Alto High School, most of which is being paid for by the Peery family, which has sent three generations to Paly. The new athletic center, envisioned for completion by fall of 2015, will consist of two new gyms set in the footprint of the existing gyms and connected by an enclosed loggia.
The board also will vote on designs for additions to the science building, which is located near the athletic facilities.
Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.