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Old 12-23-2006, 08:42 AM
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Any thoughts? What are the schools like? I have a 'special needs' son who will require a little extra help, is there one area that is better than any other? Also, my wife is an imigrant from Eastern Europe, and I would rather avoid any 'hostility' around that if I could...thoughts?
We are looking for a quiet, conservative, small-town atmosphere to raise our kids (3 and 5), that get's us away from the ultra-liberal Seattle-metro area.
Cheers and Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2006, 02:13 PM
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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I know you won't likely want to describe your child's needs, but to reply properly, more information is needed. Jefferson County (Louisville) has a very large student population and probably will be better equiped to handle the more severe special needs.

Louisvlle Metro-government is a bit more liberal in my opinion than most of the smaller populated counties that adjoin Jefferson County.

You will find Oldham, Spencer, Shelby, and Bullitt in Kentucky to have the small town flavors you describe. I would also suggest that Floyd, Clark, Scott, Washington, and Harrison Counties of Indiana will also provide the standards you seek while remaining in commute distance to Louisville.

Good luck and best wishes
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:51 AM
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Thanks for the insight. My son is five and has what they call 'Autistic Tendancies' - basically it means he needs a good deal of extra help with speaking and writting skills (such as speech and language therapy and 1:1 class room assistance).
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:57 AM
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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I truly would not be capable of advising you on the specific needs you mention; therefore, I recommend that you contact each of the area school districts: (Louisville: Jefferson County Public Schools; Prospect, Goshen, Crestwood, LaGrange, Buckner, Westport, Pewee Valley: Oldham County Board of Education; Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Finchville, Mt. Eden: Shelby County Board of Education; Taylorsville: Spencer County Board of Education;
Mt. Washington, Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction: Bullitt County Board of Education) Indiana schools operate in a more segmented school corporation system. If you need more info on the Indiana schools, please write.

Good luck and God Bless
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:58 PM
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My daughter has worked with special needs kids in Mt Washington ky & she could tell you about that area very close to Louisville If you would like me to get her to email you I could ask her she is working in the Bullitt school system currently!!! good luck
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:12 PM
Location: Central Kentucky
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With two sons who have gone through the Bullitt county school system, and knowing Shelbyville is not as up to speed as Louisville (medical care, etc.), I would recommend Louisville - but somewhere in the suburbs. The east end is great, lots of shops, etc., and you will find the BEST care and education for your child in that area. Oldham county has the best system in the state as far as I am concerned - I have seen the difference in curriculum between the counties, as well as the difference within Bullitt county - Mt. Washington absolutely has better offerings than the rest of the county.

As far as your wife is concerned, Kentucky is fast becoming the new melting pot, and I believe you will find she will be welcome wherever you land.

Do a search for the Jefferson County public school system, and check that against Bullitt and Shelby County (I assume they have a website as Jefferson does). Bullitt East High School in Mt.Washington should have it's own site, too. Because my sons attended Bullitt Central, I would not recommend it. My oldest did poorly do to many reasons, but my youngest has excelled - only because of the JROTC program. I do not hear much about special needs classes in the school.

You all will be welcomed with open arms, but depending on your finances, locale preference (country vs. more city) that will guide you.

Good luck - and tell your wife hello!

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