Friday, September 07, 2001

Districts join to serve disabled

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLD SPRING — Four Northern Kentucky school districts have teamed up to create a new program for disabled children.

        Designed for just a handful of children, the Challenge Program provides one-on-one services for severely disabled children.

        The program, housed at the Cold Spring Educational Complex off U.S. 27, opened this week with two students. Two more are expected to join next week.

        A collaborative effort among Covington, Dayton, Fort Thomas and Beechwood independent schools, Challenge is the third regional program facilitated through the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services.

        The others are the Phoenix Program, for students with severe emotional and behavioral troubles, and the Learning Academy, an alternative school for students with behavioral problems.

        The programs allow the region's small independent school districts to pool their resources to better serve students.

        Each district pays $15,500 per student to cover the Challenge program's costs and salaries for one teacher and an aide. Plus, each district will provide an additional teacher's aide per student.


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