The School District of Beloit Board of Education voted to authorize the district to move forward with negotiations to lease Royce Elementary to Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. (ORP Management) which runs Gennessee Lake School in Oconomowoc, Wis. and Richardson School in West Allis Wis., at the Tuesday evening meeting.
These schools provide day services as well as residential services for students with severe disabilities. The lease would be for two to three years for Royce, according to information in the Board packet.
ORP Management would like to open a school in Rock County for students with severe disabilities and is interested in leasing Royce Elementary in order to open their doors in the fall of 2013. ORP also is interested in either leasing or purchasing McLenegan Elementary or Morgan Elementary once those buildings are vacant.
Currently the School District of Beloit is sending five students to Rockford to an Easter Seals facility. If the district can come to a lease agreement for ORP and also pay the day rate for tuition for each of the five students to attend this school in Beloit, the district could potentially save more than $40,000 a year for each student including transportation.
Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. (ORP) and its family of companies provide specialized services and dignified care for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. In operation since 1984, ORP oversees eight companies that each year serve more than 1,700 individuals from around the country, in facilities and community-based settings throughout Wisconsin and Indiana.
The array of services includes a spectrum of supports to promote the ability of the people we serve to live as independently as possible in the community. Services include year-round education programs, community-based residential settings, community care services, treatment programs, and day services, www.orp.com.