The Special Education Cooperative Board has reached an agreement to bring the Piper Public Schools special education preschool students in the half-day program back to Piper in the fall.
Currently, Piper special education preschool students travel to Bonner Springs for services.
The preschool students will attend Piper’s pre-kindergarten classes at the new early education center at the refurbished Piper West facility, a district spokesman said. The preschoolers will be included with their general education peers within the Piper pre-kindergarten classes.
Piper Superintendent Steve Adams said about 10 Piper special education preschool students are affected by this agreement.
Besides being closer for Piper parents, the change in the location for special education preschoolers will allow Piper to hire paraprofessionals, he said. The Special Education Cooperative will pay for a special education teacher to co-teach with the pre-kindergarten general education teacher, according to the Piper district.
When the Piper West facility opens in the fall, it will have four early education classrooms. It will include a half-day for 3-year-olds and an expanded program for 4-year-olds.
“Construction will begin next week on the remodeled West facility and early education community center,” Adams said. “The projected end date for construction is July 15.”
The remodeled facility should be open and serving students when they return in August.
“It’s going to be a nice addition for the community,” Adams said.
- Information from Piper school district
- Posted by Mary Rupert