New Therapeutic Education Center Nears Completion, Opens January 2022
The Therapeutic Education Program in Klein ISD will have a new home come January 2022.
Klein ISD’s Therapeutic Education Program provides special education services to students from kindergarten through post-secondary up to age 22 who receive specialized services for their individualized educational goals.
In April of 2020, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the construction of a new building for the Therapeutic Education Program.
This brand new 55,000 square foot facility, with a capacity of 250 students, consists of multiple grade levels contained in two large educational wings to allow for maximum natural light in every classroom. The educational wings are separated by a gym and courtyard area, which houses an instructional play area and exterior classroom.
Staff from the Therapeutic Education Program worked with PBK Architects to design the classrooms and supporting spaces to provide a building that can support and enhance the program’s needs.
“The staff at TEP were instrumental in the growth of the design and the implementation of this amazing campus,” PBK Architects Managing Partner Ian Powell said. “It’s a special privilege to get to work with Klein ISD. We were personally motivated to work on this project to meet the educational needs of these students through a strategic and detailed design.”
Staff at the Therapeutic Education Program are committed to helping all scholars acquire the academic, social, and behavioral skills necessary for general education participation through small class size settings.
“We want our students to have as many of the same opportunities as their peers do at a main campus because the goal is for our students to transition successfully back to a main campus,” Special Programs Executive Director Dr. Kirsten Allman said. “This new building demonstrates the District’s commitment to that goal and the success of every student.”
This building project was incorporated into the existing budget of the 2015 bond, a $498.1 million bond approved by voters on May 9, 2015, thanks to almost $70 million from bond refund savings.
This new building takes the place of an outdated district Teaching & Learning central office building, which was demolished to make way for the new Therapeutic Education Program student-centered building. Teaching & Learning office staff have been relocated to temporary buildings behind the Frank A. Lemmon Administration Building.
“It’s a very exciting and hopeful day for our students in our Therapeutic Education Program and our dedicated staff who serve our students with such commitment and care,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “This custom-built campus, which meets the specialized needs of our students, was made possible by the support of our Board of Trustees and the community’s support of the 2015 Bond.”
In addition to two educational wings and supporting spaces, this new building includes a dedicated test apartment where 18 to 22-year-old students in the Life Readiness Program can practice life skills to promote independent living.
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