Kane native to direct local special education

Kane native Julia Anderson has been hired as the new director of special education for the Kane Area School District.The Kane School Board approved the appointment Thursday at its meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium. She will begin at the "entry-level" salary of $62,500 for the position.Anderson, a 1996 graduate of Kane High School, is the daughter of Dave and Judy Carlson of Kane. She is one of six children in the family.Anderson graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a degree in special education. In 2011, she received a degree from Penn State in supervisory special education.While in college, Anderson worked at the Easter Seals-Central Pennsylvania in State College as a teacher's aide.After graduating in 2001, she worked at the Meadows Psychiatric Center as a mental health technician.In August 2002, she was hired by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 (IU-9) as a special education teacher and worked with IU-9 until 2010 when the Kane Area School District took over the special education program. For the past two years, she has been a special education teacher at Kane High School. During the 2011-2012 school year, she also served as the Department Chairman for Student Services. Anderson replaces Todd Stanko as director of special education. As of July 1, he will take over as principal at Kane High School.Until two years ago, the Kane School District contracted with services from IU-9 for special education.However, Dr. Maryann Anderson, the superintendent of the school district, led efforts for a district takeover of special education to cut costs and to bring special education teachers and staff under the district umbrella.See full article by purchasing the May 11 edition of The Kane Republican.