BY STARRLA CRAY
HOWARD LAKE, MN Special education students in the area will soon have a new space to learn, with the renovation of the old Howard Lake middle school building nearing completion.
“It will be nice for them to have something tailored to their needs,” ICS Consulting project manager Kyle Walter said Tuesday evening, while he led Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board members Michelle Heuer and Joanie Kocher, and Superintendent Brad Sellner, through the site.
Plans are for Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) to move in near the end of November.
Rooms have been specifically constructed for the various MAWSECO programs. Young adults in the Students Transitioning in Educational Programming (STEP) program, for example, have a kitchen area to practice independent living skills, while students in TREK (a program for students with severe communication or neurological disorders) have access to a room designed to encourage calmness.
What is MAWSECO?
MAWSECO is an agency of seven school districts that joined together in 1975 to provide special education services.
Member districts include HLWW, Dassel-Cokato, Delano, Annandale, Litchfield, Maple Lake, and Rockford.
Present board members include Jamie Wiech (HLWW), Irene Bender (Dassel-Cokato), Amy Johnson (Delano), Rick Thomas (Maple Lake), Paul Zabinski (Annandale), Chuck Tryon (Rockford), and Marlin Schutte (Litchfield).