Ribbon cutting for WAVE school in Washington County

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Monday marked a very special day for many in Washington County.

It was the ribbon cutting for the Washington Academy for Varying Exceptionalities, or WAVE.

"The idea, the dream, the thought of an alternative school like this, the district has had for several years," Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor said.

This is the first time Washington County students with disabilities will be able to learn together.

There are currently 52 students enrolled at WAVE.

"I think it's an immediate show for the need that's here," Taylor said.

Nine teachers serve students from age three to the day before they turn 22 years old.

Each classroom comes complete with the latest technology.

"We have the brand new touchscreens for the students," Teacher on Special Assignment Brenda Basnaw said. "We have one-to-one devices here for our students and we're looking forward to getting more technology."

WAVE is located in the old fifth grade wing at Rouhlac Middle School and adjacent to Chipley High School.

"Anything we offer on these campuses will be offered to these students and so far it's been a resounding success because it offers so much opportunity," Taylor said.

District officials said there's a handful of students who came back from out of county and even out of state to attend WAVE.