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Normal, IL: Special needs school to expland

April 15, 2017, Normal (IL) Pantagraph: Baby Fold planning to expand Hammitt School http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/baby-fold-planning-to-expand-hammitt-school/article_83d01345-e208-5912-8095-b528477bd07a.html Responding to a rise in Central Illinois children with cognitive and learning disorders, The Baby Fold wants to expand Hammitt School by spending nearly $3 million to reconfigure space at 612 Oglesby Ave. Hammitt School serves special education children with intensive needs that cannot be handled in traditional special education programs in public schools, said Aimee Beam, Baby Fold vice president of development and public relations. "There has been a real increase," including students on the autism spectrum, Beam said Friday. "We're bursting at the seams," she said. "But we don't want these kids to be on waiting lists." The Baby Fold wants to increase its number of Hammitt School classrooms from 21 to 26 and its number of students from 150 to between 180 and 190, she said. Students come to Hammitt School from a service area with a 60-mile radius.