[Sam Buckner for Shaw Media]
Austin, Texas-based Camelot Education, which has provided educational and behavioral services to at-risk students for more than 30 years, reached out to the district at the beginning of the school year to lease the building because its current lease for a facility on Oak Street in DeKalb is set to expire in 2018.
After touring the building, the company submitted a request to lease the building for at least 10 years to start a therapeutic day school program. Tammy Carson, director of facility operations at District 428, provided an update of negotiations during Wednesday's Finance Facilities Advisory Committee meeting.
According to Camelot's website, therapeutic day school programs provide individualized attention and a curriculum that is based on each student's cognitive ability, learning style and interest.
“The goal for students who attend Camelot's therapeutic programs is for them to make progress on their individual goals and objectives as stated in their Individual Education Plan, so they may reintegrate to a less restrictive environment as soon as possible,” the website read.