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Charter School for autistic children proposed for LV

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 22 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2013 04:50:50 AM CDT

Charter School for autistic children proposed for LV

Thomas Lubben D.Ed., founder and retired superintendent for the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, announced on Monday plans for a new charter school in the Lehigh Valley.

"The entire school will be a therapy that will address the needs of the autistic children," said Lubben.

The school, which is planned to open by September 2014, will serve approximately 50 to 75 children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 8.

"It will be very small, very intensive. There will be about one adult for every three children in the school....The goal is by the time they're 7 or 8, they'll be able to go to a school mainstream," said Lubben.

Even though a location hasn't been secured yet, Lubben said the plan will be to have the school within the Allentown School District. A formal announcement is expected in the near future.

Regardless of where it is, Lubben said the children will be in good hands.

"A clinical psychiatrist will be on staff, there will also be trained therapists on staff working with people with special ed backgrounds that will assist in the development of these kids. Very unique and a very different school.”