Triton Academy to get new home next school year
Ventura County Star - 11/5/2017
Nov. 05--The county-operated school serving students with autism spectrum disorder will have a new, temporary home near the Camarillo Airport next school year.
It was announced earlier this year that Triton Academy would need to find a new location for the 2018-19 school year as the current location, leased from the Pleasant Valley School District, was no longer going to be an option.The district anticipated needing the site for its own students next year.
The Ventura County Office of Education has identified a new location for the school on property it owns at 550 Airport Way in Camarillo, according to a news release from the office.
"We're thrilled that everyone came together to make this happen," said Brett Taylor, principal at Triton Academy.
* School for children with autism must find new home after this school year
The site is the former home of the Cowan Center, which used to be the Office of Education's conference center and has been serving as a storage facility for the past several years.
The office plans to demolish the aging building and use relocatable structures to create a temporary home for Triton Academy on the site.
"We are very pleased that the vital services Triton provides will continue uninterrupted," said Stan Mantooth, Ventura County superintendent of schools. "Since Triton students come from all over the county, it was important to find a central location, and we have achieved that with this site."
The new location will include all of the specialized facilities at the existing site, including a motor-sensory skills room, a life skills lab and confidential meeting spaces for therapists and specialists.
The superintendents of the county's 20 school districts approved the plan for the new site.
Funding for the new campus is being provided by the office and the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area, the agency that manages special education services in the county.
"Our students deserve it," Taylor said. "The way our students, staff, parents and everyone responded has made me proud to be the principal here. I look forward to having a viable option to meet the students' needs. That's what it's all about."
Work on the new site will begin immediately to ensure the campus is ready to at the start of the next school year. To accommodate the construction, Triton Academy's summer school program will begin later than normal. The tentative summer school dates are July 2-27.
Triton Academy will likely be moving yet again in the next few years. The office is planning to build a new, state-of-the-art campus for the school on vacant property it owns next to its conference and educational services center on Adolfo Road in Camarillo. That campus isn't expected to open until at least 2020.
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