Community members are invited to participate in a conversation about the future of young adults with disabilities in Superior.

The “Closing the Gap” discussion will take place online starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

“We’ll take a look at survey data, trends around employment and training, also some post-secondary living opportunities and what are some gaps in our community and ways we can address those,” said Tara Gonyer, director of pupil services with the Superior School District, during the Monday, Feb. 1, school board committee of the whole meeting. “So the more people we can have at the table, the better.”

Participants are asked to register online for the virtual event.

The district launched Project SEARCH, an immersive school-to-work program for young adults with disabilities, this fall. Having students intern at local businesses is one of the key components of the program, and one that has become a challenge.

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“We were located at the Superior Business Center, but we’ve explored just other areas in the community because there’s just not enough for internships right now with COVID,” Gonyer said. “Kudos to that team for still pushing through and providing opportunities for these young adults to still explore work opportunities.”

Project SEARCH applications are also being taken for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications can be found online or through links on the Superior Business Center - Project SEARCH Facebook page and are due by Feb. 26. Contact Shawna Anderson at shawna.anderson@superior.k12.wi.us for more information.

Vaccine update

District administrator Amy Starzecki also gave the board an update on COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers at the committee of the whole meeting Monday.

Educators and child care workers will be eligible to receive vaccines around March 1, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The district distributed information to staff to gauge interest. About 600 staff members, roughly 87% of the school district's employees, indicated they wanted to get a vaccine or had already gotten it.

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