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District 191’s BEST program invites community to open house on May 23

Community members are invited to an open house hosted by the BEST transition program in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Tuesday, May 23, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at River Ridge Education Center, 100 River Ridge Court, Burnsville.  

The program has a new location in the district’s former Administrative Services Center (ASC) as part of Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners. Previously, the building housed about 40 districtwide employees in several departments that have been moved to Diamondhead Education Center. The name of the building has been changed to River Ridge Education Center.

The building has been renovated to meet the needs of BEST, which is the transition program for  adult learners, ages 18 to 21, with disabilities. Students have individual education plans (IEPs) focusing on their transition from school to adult life in areas of employment, postsecondary education and independent living.

Open house activities will include tours and an overview of the BEST program. Visitors will be able to participate in the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES Lab), a work development lab where students participate in work simulation experiences in the following areas: computer technology, construction/industrial, processing/production, consumer/service and business/marketing.

BEST used to be located in leased space across Highway 13 from Burnsville High School. Students and staff have benefited from the move because the new building has additional space that has been renovated to meet the specific needs of the program.

“The two separate floors allow for greater differentiation to meet the needs of a variety of students,” said Jenne O’Neill-Mager, administrator of the program. “In addition, it has specially-designed kitchens and bathrooms that promote greater independence for our students.”

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 14:23