Adult Transition Services gets a brand new home
Burleson Independent School District Executive Director of Special Services Dr. Lucretia Gartrell says an “early Christmas present” in 2018 is going to make a space to support special needs students in 2019.
In November, BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson approached Gartrell to discuss the conversion and use of a 3,100-square foot ranch home, owned by the district, located on FM 731 to better serve students. The property will serve four basic purposes like teaching employment skills, education and training, recreation and leisure, and independent living skills.
“It’s not three more years of high school,” she says. “The vision was to expand the Burleson High School Adult Transition Services to a physical location where students could put life skills into practice, not in a school lab but in a home-type environment.”
The house, originally a three bathroom and five-bedroom space, will undergo its own transition to make space for school staff like an occupational therapist, adaptive physical education teacher and other special needs instructors. A two-car garage will be used for storage and a swimming pool will be filled in and used for student gardening. Students will also learn landscaping in the yard around the home.