West Day Treatment Program moves to Cathedral School | Schools
The Portland Public Schools’ day treatment program located at West School on Douglass Street is moving to the former Cathedral School on Locust Street due to increasing maintenance issues with the West School building. The school district also is making plans to move Portland Adult Education classes out of West School.
The day treatment program, which can serve up to 40 students, will relocate to Cathedral on February 26. The school district will rent the building from the Portland Diocese, as was done when Hall Elementary School moved temporarily into the facility in the fall after a fire at that school.
Built in 1962, the West School has a growing number of facility problems, including a roof that is beyond its lifespan and needs replacement. Since the blizzard earlier this month, several rooms are facing ongoing leaks and repairs are increasingly difficult. In addition, the side of the building used by the day treatment program is sinking and would require significant stabilization efforts.
“We are moving the students and staff in the day treatment program given deteriorating conditions in their part of the building,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. “We appreciate the Diocese’s willingness to rent to us again at short notice.”
Caulk said that the district also is exploring suitable locations for Portland Adult Education, including the need for parking and access to bus transportation.