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5 unique design features of CCSD’s new special-needs school

Miller School serves students with severe disabilities

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Steve Marcus

An exterior view of the new John F. Miller School, a school which serves students with disabilities and special needs, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013. The school has been nominated for a national design award.

The Clark County School District celebrated the opening of a new campus for 125 special-needs students with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.

The district's Miller School is one of the few campuses across the nation that was designed specifically to serve students with multiple disabilities.

Architects Tate Snyder Kimsey worked closely with the Miller staff and Core Construction to design and build the school. The district funneled $18 million from the 1998 school bond money to construct the campus, which is on the Pecos-McLeod Interconnect near Twain Avenue.

Here are five unique design features of the new Miller School, which has been nominated for a national design award.

    • Miller features wide hallways to accommodate students using wheelchairs or special walking equipment.

    • Miller teachers use special switches and pressure pads to help nonverbal students communicate.

    • Miller's group of nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists works with students on their motor skills. The school features special equipment around the campus, including wheelchair swings.

    • Miller students use interactive technologies, such as smartboards, videos and projectors, to help them learn.

    • Miller's large health office conducts 300 medical procedures every day.

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