NEWARK STUDENTS ENJOY INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY WITH DEBUT OF NEW WHEELCHAIR LIFT SERVICE AT JFK SCHOOL
Published September 25, 2017 | Brick City Live
Image courtesy Newark Public Schools
Newark Public Schools unveiled their first wheelchair bus service for student transportation at the John F. Kennedy School, which serves students with special needs, last week. The wheelchair lift bus will allow students needing wheelchair access the ability to use district sponsored transportation to and from school.
Students using the wheelchair lift bus will also have greater access to programs and services offered by NPS including school-sponsored field trips and transportation to job training programs.
Superintendent Christopher Cerf underscored this benefit of the buses: “Learning happens not only in the classroom, but also on excursions outside the classroom–the new lift bus will expand the learning opportunities for students of the JFK School,” he said, before thanking the school’s principal, Dr. Glenda Johnson-Green, for helping to lead a coalition of community leaders to acquire the wheelchair bus, which was funded by donations.
Johnson-Green has worked with NPS for 44 years–as a teacher, an administrator and now as principal of JFK.
“We wanted each student in JFK, whether they are able bodied or in a wheelchair, to be exposed to the same experiences in the community. This unveiling has been a long time coming,” said Johnson-Green.
JFK School educates 167 students from 6th grade through age 21. The students receive both an academic and life skills curriculum, and several of the school’s graduates are employed at the school itself. JFK provides a battery of individualized services from educational, physical therapy and social work professionals to address the special needs, and cultivate the individual talents, of its students.
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