Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today attended and spoke at the Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) special education school groundbreaking ceremony. The $2.1 million, 5,000 square-foot classroom wing will be located on the Joe Stefani Elementary School campus and has the capacity to serve 36 to 40 severely handicapped students and is funded entirely by the state.
Earlier this year, the School Allocations Board initially rejected MCOE funding, causing MCOE to appeal. Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, forged a bipartisan partnership, eventually convincing the School Allocations Board of the importance of the project to Merced County. Their efforts caused the Board to approve the appeal and fund the special education wing.
“Education definitely is not a one-size-fits-all. Learning is a unique and individual experience, and I am proud that Merced County recognizes this,” said Cannella. “The MCOE consistently shows our community that with the right opportunities, everyone can receive an education, and I am proud to work side-by-side with the County to ensure disabled students are provided these educational opportunities.”