Special education students in Mahoning County now have a more suitable environment for classes.
Beginning this school year, kindergarten through sixth grade special education students are being housed in the former Manor Elementary school in Struthers. The Mahoning County Educational Service Center is leasing the building from the Struthers City School District.
The three classrooms will serve students from several districts in Mahoning County. The move splits special education students by providing a separate building for K-6th grades.
Jim Mayberry has been appointed principal of the building, along with a secretary and social worker.
“The new building allows us to focus solely on the younger kids,” said Mayberry. “The students love the new learning environment and enjoy having their teachers join them for lunch, it’s like one big family.”
The new location also provides a cafeteria and playground for the children.
The county has 27 other special education classrooms housed in other districts.