Cheryl Hubbard-George, director of the Office of Exceptional Children in South Carolina’s rural Florence County School District 3, was struggling to find therapists to address the needs of her special education students.
Hubbard-George searched exhaustively for specialized staff to provide services for the district’s 614 students in preschool through 12th grade with individualized education plans. She had no luck. “In a small, rural community, it’s much harder,” she says. Florence County, located in the center of South Carolina, has an enrollment of 3,350 students.