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Barnegat, NJ: District adds another preK class to accommodate "growing number of special needs kids"

Jan 3, 2018, (NJ) Jersey Shore: Barnegat’s Collins School Adds Special Needs Class https://jerseyshoreonline.com/southern-ocean/barnegats-collins-school-adds-special-needs-class-mid-year/ At a recent Barnegat Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Karen Wood informed that, as a solution to the growing number of special needs kids in the district, the Cecil S. Collins School will be adding an additional pre-kindergarten class. Wood noted that it is somewhat unusual that the district would add a class in the middle of the school year, yet it is now necessary. The main reason for this class, to be officially open for students come January 16, is “due to the sheer quantity of [special needs] kids,” said Dr. Brian Latwis, Director of Special Education for the Barnegat School District. … The new pre-kindergarten class will have morning and afternoon sessions, and will help to accommodate 12 additional students to the district. “We’ve expanded our inclusion programs across the district,” said Latwis. The district already has three pre-K special needs classes in place at the Collins School, according to Latwis. All of the other Barnegat schools have some form of special needs class geared towards the needs of the majority of kids in that area, i.e. behavioral or cognitive classes, or classes for children with autism. …