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CHESAPEAKE - Students with severe behavioral problems will not be moved into Chesapeake middle schools.

The School Board voted against that plan Monday night after parents complained and is now looking at other options.

'It's the right thing to do. The children in the SECEP program are isolated because they have behavioral problems, but they are still children who deserve an education,' board member Harry Murphy said.

The situation arose because the special education school, Deep Creek SECEP, is in bad condition. Initially, the school board considered moving students with emotional and intellectual disabilities into other middle schools.

'We will not close Deep Creek Middle or house the students in an existing middle school facility,' Murphy stated.

The board is considering keeping SECEP students at their current school and renovating the building or moving them to the Educational Resources Center building on Johnstown Rd.

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