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The Parkland Community Living and Supports Society exists to improve the quality of life of children and adults with developmental disabilities through individual choices, dignity and rights.

Parkland School operates a program designed to meet the educational needs of mentally and physically handicapped children and young adults. Our purpose is to provide individualized programming which will enable each student to maximize his/her potential. We provide a full range of academic, pre-vocational, recreational and social skills areas which are needed for successful and productive participation in community life.

Parkland School first opened in January 1960 in a church basement with a single teacher/bus driver. In 1963, the original school building was completed. To meet increased demand, a further addition was built in 1982 to provide office space and an additional classroom. In an effort to make Parkland School a more welcome and inviting place to learn, a creative playground was added in 1983, and a new computer lab and Snoezelen room were completed in 1996. Still not large enough to house our total client base, we built a portable which opened in September 1997 and a second portable was added in 1999. A barrier-free, wheelchair accessible playground was erected in June 2008. We continue to grow and expand each year.

We value your input as parents and encourage you to consult regularly with your child's teacher and attend parent-teacher interviews to stay abreast of your child's progress. You are welcome to visit the school at anytime. It is your right to look at your child's cumulative record binder. However, the files must be kept in the school - just ask the school director for approval before requesting the file from the school secretary.

OUR STAFF

We currently have a staff of 45+ people which consists of administrators, teachers, assistant teachers and teacher aides.

Administration:
Trudy Lewis, Chief of Educational Services
Sheila Ricker, Executive Assistant

Teachers:
Joy Martin, Primary
Stephanie Schmale, Secondary
Dionne Funkhouser, Junior
Teresa Wright, Senior
Monica Lawes, Advanced




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