YORK TWP. — The Buckeye school board this week approved an agreement with a private specialized school for students diagnosed on the autism spectrum as well as those with other developmental differences.
STEPS Academy, based in Parma, offers a program designed to work with students ages 2½-22.
“It’s a placement program for our students that have behavior or IEP (individualized education program) needs that are better served in that environment,” Superintendent Kent Morgan said after Tuesday’s school board meeting.
STEPS Academy provides school consultation services and inclusion programs that can be used within different school districts.
Morgan said the county’s inclusion program is through Medina Schools and is in the building that houses the Evolve Academy, an alternative school for students in an individualized education program.
Morgan said only a handful of students from Buckeye will participate in the program.
“It all depends on what is the best fit for them,” he said, noting students must be recommended for the program by a school counselor.
There will be no extra cost to the district.
In addition to the agreement with the STEPS Academy for the school year, which begins Wednesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with Oaks Family Care Center in Brunswick.
“We’ve had that (service) for years. They send a counselor out and they work with specific students,” Morgan said.
The nonprofit center will provide therapeutic services for students.