Mirabella told the board the district's Student Assistance Program is a multi-faceted program developed in response to increased substance abuse by students in the district. He said the program's goal is to keep students in school and ensure their academic success.

In response to a question from board member Ziad Munson, Mirabella estimated 100 to 200 East Penn middle school students are served by that program, adding an equal number of Emmaus High School students also are in the Student Assistance Program. He indicated no elementary students usually are in the program.

Dr. Linda Pekarik, director of special education, told the school board that East Penn's new comprehensive special education plan was posted on the district's website on March 10. She said the public can review and comment on that plan on the website until April 7, although the plan may remain posted on the site longer.

Pekarik explained the state requires such a plan to be developed every three years.

A detailed presentation on East Penn's special education program was made during the board meeting.