Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the future Bergen County Special Services Education Center, to be built in Paramus, took place on October 9, 2013. Joining us at this event were the Bergen County Executive, members of the Board of Freeholders, Board of Education members from both the Special Services and Technical School boards, Architect John Capazzi, and many other community members.
The 120,000-square-foot facility that is scheduled to open in 2015 will allow us to centralize our programs for students with autism, adult vocational programs, Post 21 services, and administrative offices for both the Special Services and Technical Schools District. The additional space will also allow for the expansion of existing programs should the need arise. The CAPE Resource Center, which provides information sessions for parents and workshops for professionals, and the Educational Enterprises Division, which provides services to students in their local school districts, will also be housed in the new Education Center.
The incorporation of services and educational programs at the center will result in projected savings for the district of at least $770,000 in yearly rental fees, as well as reduced transportation costs for both the Special Services district and local school districts. A central location will also afford savings in both travel and time for those employees who provide services for students in multiple programs.
Howard Lerner, Ed.D.