Last night, a public forum on the potential closing of the KC School District's R.J. Delano School was held, and parents of the special-needs students weren't happy.
District officials say mixing in the school's special-needs students with the district's non-disabled population could actually help them learn and expand their choices, but parents at last night's forum worried that the move would put students in the hands of teachers who don't have proper training to deal with special needs.
The Associated Press reports that the school now handles 71 special-needs students ranging in age from third grade all the way through high school. This year, 13 of those students will graduate. If the school were to close, district officials have promised to relocate teachers and special-needs professionals to make the transition as easy as possible.
The district has shuttered several schools over the last year as part of its "right-sizing plan."
If you've got something to say about this, there will be another public forum Monday at the East High School Annex.
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