MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The Macomb County Road Commission will renew and expand an agreement with Macomb Academy under which special education students are hired to do custodial work at road commission offices, according to The (Macomb Township) Source.

Students now will clean offices at four road commission service centers, The Source reported. Macomb Academy is a charter public school that teaches adult life and work skills to special education students between the ages of 18 and 26, according to The Source.

"Our goal is to help them learn how to work and live on their own," Robyn Randazzo, business manager, told The Source.

The commission contracts with the academy for six cleanings a month at each service center, The Source reported. A fourth site was added when the custodian there retired, The Source reported.

While the contract calls for the road commission to pay $330 a month for the services, the school will temporarily use federal stimulus money to cover costs, a school official said, according to The Source. That money can only be used for summer employment for youths at nonprofit or government agencies, The Source reported.

SOURCE:
The (Macomb Township) Source, "Agreement gives work experience to special-education students," Aug. 16, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Digest, "Stimulus pays youth for career training," July 4, 2009

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