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(West Plains) – The West Plains School District administrative offices have relocated to 305 Valley View Rd., located off Broadway across from Country Mart and adjacent to Health Smiles Dental Center.

In Fall 2012, the West Plains School District purchased the property at 305 Valley View Road as part of a grant for its Early Childhood Special Education (ESCE) program. However, knowing that the ESCE program would not require use of the entire office space available in this building, the school board and district administration made the decision to transfer the administrative offices to the site as well. The relocation of the districts offices will allow the facility at 613 W. First St. to be made available for other programming needs of the district.

School officials say that they are currently assessing the best means of using the First St. facility. to meet the educational programming needs of the district and will bring formal recommendations to the School Board in the months to come.

The ECSE grant received by the school district covers approximately 70% of the purchase, renovations, and equipment needs of the new facility. The district’s Early Childhood Special Education program serves children ages 3-5 who have been identified with special needs prior to the start of kindergarten. Furthermore, the program serves students from the surrounding rural schools in addition to residents of the West Plains School District.

Currently, the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program is housed in the lower level at the West Plains Elementary School.

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