- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Hall County education officials say they’ve formed a special intensive program to try accommodating a group of more than 50 Central American refugee students.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Eloise Barron tells The Times of Gainesville (http://bit.ly/YUgihp ) that district officials are trying to provide the 54 students with the necessary resources to overcome linguistic and educational barriers.

The program is being run at Lanier Charter Career Academy in Gainesville. Principal Cindy Blakely says part of the program’s aim is to also help the students learn job skills. The students range from 14 to 18 years old.

Barron says it’s unclear whether the program is permanent or temporary. Barron added that the program isn’t costing the district any additional money beyond what it already spends on each student.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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