The board of directors of Unified Community Connections has announced that the agency’s Delrey School will close in 2020.
“The board has recognized that we can no longer operate our school without sacrificing quality, and, sadly, we have made the difficult decision to close,” said Ellen Milles, chair of the board.
In operation since the 1950s, Delrey School, like many nonpublic special education facilities, has seen a dramatic decrease in referrals and a declining enrollment over the last eight years. The declining enrollment is the result of public schools developing programs and services to better educate students with disabilities and include them alongside typically developing children without disabilities.
Unified Community Connections will continue its programs for hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities through its four adult day programs and residential facilities across Maryland.
“As we close Delrey School, the leadership of Unified Community Connections will work diligently with the students and their families in securing for them a suitable educational placement for next year,” said Diane Coughlin, president and CEO of Unified Community Connections.
Additionally, Delrey School’s human resources department will assist staff members affected by the decision at the end of the school year to minimize the impact of the closure on them. The school remains fully committed to maintaining its excellent educational program and therapy services for the remainder of the school year, Coughlin said.