Friday, 22 September 2017 06:18

New innovative school gets tour Featured

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BANGOR - There's a the new innovative school in Bangor. Maine Department of Education officials got a tour Thursday and were impressed with what they saw so early in the school year.

The Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities (SPRPCE) is just a month in session, but educators are already seeing positive results.


"The philosophy of the school matches the needs of the students," said Robert Hasson, Maine Commissioner of Education.  


This is the school's first year and it's dedicated to meeting the needs of exceptional students.


"We knew there are certain students that learn differently - they need hands on projects," said Dr. Betsy Webb, the Superintendent of the Bangor School District, "They need application immediately in the learning process."


Students are enjoying not only the hands-on aspect of the classroom but the attention they can get from their teachers. Small classroom sizes aren't the only things kids are enjoying, students are enjoying the application process. The school brought two trained teachers with a passion for working with exceptional students.


"Students feel confident, they are raising their hands and understanding," said Webb, "As an educator to see them doing problem solving is critical."


The location on the campus of Eastern Maine Community College has its advantages.


"The opportunities are endless," said Hasson, "The community college has opened up all of their programs basically to us."


This year, the program is for 8th and 9th grade students but they are looking to extend it.


"I am hoping this will be an example of how quickly things can come together," said Webb, "People working together for the betterment of education."

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