Teachers hope to open school for autistic students this fall

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Two Windham County special education teachers are part of a group that is hoping to open a school for autistic students between the ages of 14 and 22.

Carol Ortlip and Stephanie Betit say they have two students ready to enroll and are hoping to start the coming school year with eight students.

The plan is to increase the number of students at the private, independent school each year until they reach a full enrollment of 25.

Betit says there’s a shortage of education opportunities for autistic students beyond the elementary school level.

The plan is to open the school in a farm house that will eventually be expanded to 6,500 square feet.

Organizers estimate tuition would be about $40,000.

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