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Yukon Public Schools to renovate home into a learning space for students with special needs

The home Yukon Public Schools will renovate into a transition house for students with special needs.
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The home Yukon Public Schools will renovate into a transition house for students with special needs.

Yukon Public Schools has plans to open a transition house for students with special needs, aiming to prepare them with the necessary skills for independent living upon graduation.

The district is working to renovate a three-bedroom home along Garth Brooks Blvd. next to Yukon Middle School.

School officials say students won't live at the house, but it'll provide a safe space for them to develop essential life skills in between classes. District Superintendent Jason Simeroth says students will be taught a variety of skills—everything from mowing the lawn and washing clothes to cooking dinner.

Before YPS can start the program, the 1970s house will have to be renovated to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Simeroth estimates at least $150,000 will be needed to make all the necessary upgrades.

The district is looking for help from local businesses to aid with the renovation process. School officials say the house needs new windows, floors and a roof, among other amenities.

Yukon Public Schools already owns the property. The district purchased the home as part of an initial plan to expand the old high school.

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Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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