Sharing personal stories of how special education students had changed their lives, community members Tuesday urged the Medford School Board to reverse a decision to exclude a classroom for students with severe disabilities from the new South Medford High School.
South Medford moved to its new campus at Cunningham and Columbus avenues this fall, but the “STEPS” class remained behind at the old high school.
Now called Central Medford High School, it hosts the district’s alternative school, formerly known as Medford Opportunity High School.
Having special education students on campus “was a boon to my character and to the environment of the school,” said South Medford graduate Jonathan Wright.
“We, as a whole, became less selfish and more aware of other people’s needs. Would that have happened without the students with disabilities.”