The EBF school district was awarded a Therapeutic Classroom grant from the Iowa Department of Education for $222,240. “We are very excited about receiving this grant to provide support to the Explore Academy therapeutic classrooms,” stated Superintendent Scott Williamson.
The following school districts created the therapeutic classrooms called the Explore Academy last year: Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Albia, Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Fairfield, Moravia, Moulton-Udel, and Wayne. The Explore Academy is housed in the old Blakesburg Elementary building.
The Explore Academy is a specially designed therapeutic classroom setting where students attend to receive their academic learning as well as have their therapeutic needs met. For students who have trauma or a therapeutic need, it is often difficult for them to achieve in the typical classroom setting.
The Explore Academy opened its doors to meet the needs of multiple students last year. Currently, the academy can serve twelve students. The staff consists of two certified teachers, one of which is also the onsite administrator, five behavior interventionists, and one mental health therapist. The Explore Academy is housed in the EBF district and is a part of our district; it is also an extension of the other 8 schools who participate in the consortium to provide resources for its operation.
We believe this program is very important to the students in our southeast Iowa area. The Blakesburg facility is an ideal location. The program allows for 9 schools to meet the needs of a set of students that is not occurring in the typical classroom. The additional grant resources are greatly appreciated as we prepare a classroom setting not offered before in our southeast area of Iowa