Warren County ESC is pleased to serve students in two new facilities this school year. Our most important focus is always supporting the great work of area school districts and these two new facilities will allow our staff to serve students with excellence. Due to Covid19 restrictions, the WCESC Governing Board and Leadership Team held a private Ribbon Cutting and facility tour on September 22nd.
The Phoenix Academy is a new program that is located in a building in front of the former Mason Heights School at 196 Northcrest Drive in mason. This is a K-5 Alternative School Program that was developed from school district’s requests to support students who are engaging in behavior that prohibits them from being able to maintain safety in their home school building. Students referred to the program engage in behavior such as significant aggression towards adults and classroom objects; elopement from the classroom; consistent task refusal; emotional regulation difficulties; difficulty with focused attention during academic work thus leading to escape like behaviors. Students needing this level of programming typically have a lack of school experience before starting kindergarten, have been impacted by trauma, and may have little to no structure in the home environment. Alisha Dean is the Supervisor of the Phoenix Academy and she is pleased to share more information. Ms. Dean may be contacted at 513-695 2905 or Alisha.Dean@warrencountyesc.com
The former Western Row Elementary School in Mason is now the location for Social Communication Classes, Multiple Disabilities Classes, and PAES Labs. These programs moved from the former Mason Heights school facility this summer, creating space for expansion and additional programming to serve these student populations. Social Communication Classrooms provide services for children with autism with the most intense needs. A classroom teacher and up to three educational assistants provide sufficient amounts of adult attention in one-to-one or small group instructional settings to meet individualized goals. Speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are provided according to Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). School Age Multiple-Disabilities Classrooms provide services to students from kindergarten through transition age. Each class has a teacher and at least two educational assistants to serve the students in accordance to their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Students may also receive nursing services, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related services based upon their individual needs.