ongoing fundraising campaign for the school of speech

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A new state-of-the-art Speech Magnolia school facility is being built in Madison County.

One of the premier schools in the Southeast for children with hearing loss and language issues, the school recently celebrated its 65th anniversary in the Jackson area. Magnolia Speech School is one of only 50 of its kind in the world and one of less than ten schools that incorporate a specific auditory/oral program for hearing-impaired and language-impaired children.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in October for the new 30,000 square feet with completion expected in time for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

The school’s current facility is on Flag Chapel Road in Jackson and was built in 1974. The new facility is adjacent to Holy Trinity Anglican Church on the east side of Bozeman Road near Reunion Parkway.

A unique individualized education program is developed for each student at Speech Magnolia School, with highly specialized classroom learning supported by auditory training, speech, and occupational and physical therapy services as needed. Music, computer lab and library services are provided for all students.

The school offers a very low student-teacher ratio with highly qualified educators certified in their area of ​​expertise. Children come to school from across the southeast for a full assessment, and families travel to the area so their child can attend class. Magnolia Speech School’s goal is to keep students on pace as they transition to the school of their choice with the verbal skills to succeed.

“We are delighted to establish the new school in Madison,” says Executive Director Valerie Linn. “This makes us more accessible to families and makes our work more visible in the community. We have space for more students and be able to provide updated resources and technology to students and families who need our special education and unique. »

After purchasing the 6.6 acres outright in December 2019, the school launched its Building Hope fundraising campaign for the estimated $13 million project. “American Bureau Ville conducted a feasibility and readiness study,” says Joshua Friedel, who managed the internal development of Building Hope. “We reached our goal of 80% of the funds raised during the quiet phase of our campaign,” Friedel says.

“We then started construction and entered the public phase of the campaign. The school works with contractors Brasfield & Gorrie, and Mackey Mitchell Architects and Dean and Dean Associates/Architects.

Chuck and Cindy Bell and the Bell family are serving as campaign family chairpersons, and Jean and Kelley Williams are serving as honorary campaign chairpersons. Magnolia Speech School has a long history of community support and has set a goal to strengthen their community relationships in the construction of their new facility.

Additional information about the new school and the Building Hope fundraising campaign is available at buildinghopemss.com or the school’s website, maganoliaspeechchool.org.

STATISTICS / INFORMATION

• Nearly one in 12 of children ages three to 17 in the United States has had a voice, speech, language, or swallowing disorder in the past 12 months.

• In first grade, about 5 percent of children have noticeable speech impairments, including stuttering, speech sound disturbances, and dysarthria; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.

• Children with hearing loss need three times the amount of exposure to learn new words and concepts compared to their typical hearing peers.

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