Wadena, MN: New $5M school for severely disabled; enrollment 50 students

July 18, 2018, Brainerd (MN) Dispatch: Freshwater Education District breaks ground on Level IV special education facility WADENA—Machines paused and debris settled at the south end of Wadena's Industrial Park for a half-hour Monday, July 16, as educators, administrators, contractors and community members gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Freshwater Education District's Level IV special education facility. The 23,000-square-foot facility, estimated to open summer 2019, will serve about 50 students from 13 central Minnesota school districts and serve as Freshwater's central office…. Jena Osberg, who has worked with Freshwater's Level IV program since 2007 and has been the program's facilitator for the last two years, stated in a news release a customized learning environment will have a significant impact. …. I am thrilled to know that we're going to see our students' success based on the fact that this building was created just for them." Federal policy requires schools to provide access to Level IV programming in a separate school setting for students who struggle to succeed in the general education setting due to significant behavioral or mental health needs. Level IV provides structured behavioral, academic and mental health programming for students who spend the majority of the school day outside the regular classroom, have an individualized education plan and often require intensive special education services…. Sourcewell committed $5 million to the building project as part of its strategic reinvestment in Region Five, according to the release….. Sourcewell also committed $5 million to the Mid-State Education District in Little Falls for its Level IV special education facility.