SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A new school for special needs students is coming to South Fayette Township.

The Watson Institute will be breaking ground Wednesday morning on a 18.5 acre parcel of land on Hickory Grade Road in Bridgeville for its newest facility.

Officials say the new school can take up to 125 students with the ability to expand to 180.

The South Fayette location will be the Watson Institute’s fourth location in Allegheny County, and officials say it will offer the same programs and services at the Watson Education Center in Sewickley.

“This new school will grow our geographic footprint and allow us to serve more children, particularly those further to the south and west of our current school in Sewickley. We know there is a need for our programs and services beyond our current capacity, and the construction of this new facility in South Fayette will help us meet this need,” said Watson’s Chief Financial Officer Barry Bohn in a press release.

The school will help children with autism, spectrum disorders, neurological impairments, and serious emotional challenges.

They’ll provide diagnostic, educational and therapeutic support; support to the families; and training and technical support to educators, psychologists, therapists and others.

They hope to open sometime during the 2016-2017 school year.

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