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New SCICON cabin nearing completion

New cabin will add needed classroom and accommodations for students with special needs

New SCICON Special Ed cabin
On a bright fall afternoon, a group of students visiting SCICON from Westfield Elementary School in Porterville took a tour of the program's soon-to-be-completed Special Education Classroom and Cabin. Standing on the edge of the building's large southern deck, the students admired the views of the mountains around them. The incredible deck is just one of many features of the classroom cabin, which is due to be completed in early December. Located in Eagle Point Village, the 2800-square-foot facility was designed to provide wheelchair-accessible housing for students staying in the village. In addition, the building features a large classroom meeting area for all students. This project, funded by the Office of Public School Construction for the State of California, began in late March.

New SCICON Special Ed cabin Inside, the large classroom features a moveable, dividing wall to create separate learning areas. Both sides of the room are equipped with SMART Boards and audiovisual equipment ideal for rainy-day instruction. Students also have access to a pair of restrooms.

"We are delighted to be able to expand the amenities of Eagle Point Village for all students," says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "Most importantly, we look forward to offering the once-in-a-lifetime SCICON experience to more students with special needs."

Photos above:
~ A short bridge, just off the covered arbor, leads students to the new Special Education building.
~ The large deck is ideal for observation and evening astronomy lessons with telescopes.