SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some parents contacted the 22News I-Team with concerns about the Curtis Blake School in Springfield , so we took your letters to the school to get some answers.
The school's enrollment is down, but they assure all parents that no decisions have been made to lay off staff, and there are no plans to close the school.
The Executive Director of the School, Lorri Comeau, told 22News on Tuesday that over the last several years, they have seen about a 10% decrease in enrollment, and they have had to report that to the state.
Students pay about $33,000 per year to attend the private, special education school. Como says students are typically referred to them, but there are fewer coming in these days.
"With budgets being more constrained in the public schools, we see fewer students getting referred to us. Also in public schools, they're doing a better job working with students with learning disabilities although what we do is highly specialized and not repeated completely, we do more across the curriculum, and that's what schools aren't able to do," Comeau said.
Comeau added that they are taking steps to try to increase their enrollment. They recently entered into a marketing campaign they hope will expose the school to more private-pay clientele.