The parents of an autistic boy are upset that they were told at the last minute that he has to transfer to a new school because they had recently moved to another jurisdiction not covered by the school board on the South Shore.
The parents of the 10-year-old told the French-language news channel TVA that the autistic boy needs stability and leaving his friends and familiar surroundings at Cedar Elementary and adapting to a new environment will be very difficult.
The parents told the Riverside School Board they were willing to drive their son to the Beloeil school from their new home.
But budget cuts mean the board had to cut two full-time special needs employees.
Director general Sylvain Racette told CJAD 800 News they can't comment on specific cases. He does emphasize that their special needs budget has been cut by $200,000 to $4.2M and that they have to make difficult choices.
"We're giving more support than what we're financed for so we've got to make some tough decisions sometimes to make sure that the students on our territory receive all the best service we can provide," Racette said.
Racette said they do have interboard agreements but they are handled on a case by case basis.