KETTERING, Ohio(WDTN)- Kettering Fairmont High School students enrolled in the district’s Transition Services Program currently attend classes a few blocks away from the school. The district recently purchased a property right next to the high school where students will attend classes in the future.
The Transitional Services Program guides special needs students who need help preparing for life after high school. They learn skills like cooking, cleaning, shopping, how to navigate public transportation and how to apply for a job.
One of the benefits to the new property is its proximity to the high school. Ken Lackey, Director Business Services said it allows students to have the support of the school but also gives them some space to get acclimated to independent adulthood.
Lackey gave 2 News a tour around the new home of the Transition Services Program. Renovations are planned for the space. The garage will be converted into a classroom. Plus, the fireplace and a wall between two bedrooms are going to be knocked down. To help with ADA accessibility, a hallway will be widened and a bathroom re-configured.
Lackey said renovations will be done by maintenance staff. High school students in the construction trade program will help with renovations allowing not only special needs students to learn life skills here but trade students as well.
The property was purchased for $200,000 using levy funds.
Lackey said students would be in the building during the school day but only in the school year. No students would actually be living in the home. That’s something some neighors were concerned with according to Lackey.