Spurwink to close school for children with developmental disorders, consolidate services in Portland

Posted July 11, 2012, at 2:50 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Spurwink Services announced Wednesday it will close its Roosevelt School, which houses a 27-year-old South Portland program for young children with developmental disorders, and consolidate its services in Portland.

The nonprofit is planning an interior renovation of its Portland Cummings School to include a wing for younger children, organization officials stated.

“The landscape of providing culturally sensitive academic and therapeutic services to

children and adolescents who have significant emotional, behavioral and developmental

disabilities has changed, prompting us to take a proactive approach to ensure that safe,

structured and nurturing environments are provided to those we serve,” Dawn

Stiles, president of Spurwink, said in a statement Wednesday.

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