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Teays Valley Local School District signs contract
for the relocation of Brooks-Yates School
January 27, 2016
The Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities approved a plan in October 2015 to relocate its Brooks-Yates School (BYS) program into a public school district building in the county. The plan was developed by a team of 32 community stakeholders, who were charged with addressing all possible issues and concerns about the feasibility of relocating the school program.
Now, in the first days of 2016, the Board has announced that a contract for the relocation of BYS has been signed with the Teays Valley Local School District. With this agreement, Teays Valley and BYS leaders will begin the process of transforming Brooks-Yates School into a self-contained, sustainable setting for the continued delivery of high-quality learning experiences for children with developmental disabilities.
“Much work needs to be done to get the relocated school ready for the 2016-17 school year,” said Mike Pelcic, superintendent of the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “So it is great news that a contract has already been signed and work can begin.”
Pelcic said Teays Valley Local School District is a premiere education organization that values its traditions and long history of excellence. “Teays Valley’s commitment to academic excellence and development of the individual potential of ALL students makes it a perfect partner for BYS and the Board of Developmental Disabilities,” Pelcic said.
The Board’s decision to relocate Brooks-Yates School – which has given Pickaway County children with developmental disabilities access to quality education for more than 50 years – reflects its determination to improve school district support and services to retain students in integrated district settings, and to provide better learning opportunities for all children with developmental disabilities.
With its relocation, BYS will continue to provide a placement option for children with developmental disabilities as it works in partnership with Teays Valley to provide a free and appropriate education for all Pickaway County students who meet the eligibility requirements. The relocation of BYS will benefit its students in a number of ways – by allowing them to build relationships through social groups and “buddy programs,” by supporting efforts to teach life skills for greater independence, and by increasing funds for personalized, customized school district support and services.
February 25th, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Pickaway County Board of DD
200 East High Street
Circleville, OH 43113