Surprise inspection prompts closure of school for special needs kids

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Following an anonymous tip, state investigators swooped down on the Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale late Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Following an anonymous tip, state investigators swooped down on the Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale late Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The executive director of the school had no comment about  the school’s condition but said he will appeal the closure. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The executive director of the school had no comment about  the school’s condition but said he will appeal the closure. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

State education officials shut down a West Valley school for special needs students Friday after a surprise inspection raised concerns about child safety.

Following an anonymous tip, state investigators swooped down on the Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale late Thursday.

Photographs obtained from the Arizona Department of Education show filthy floors, cracked and crumbling classroom walls and what appears to be an unsanitary bathroom.

In stark contrast, another photograph shows the administration's restroom in immaculate condition.

Kent Rideout, the executive director of the school, had no comment about  the school’s condition but said he will appeal the closure.

Meanwhile, the teachers, who now face an uncertain future, loaded boxes of school and office supplies into their personal cars. Although they declined to provide their names, they said the closure was a shock.

Parents were also left wondering about children’s futures.

Catherine Raleigh said her 9-year-old son, Nicholas, is autistic and depends on the services provided at the special needs center.

"This would change his stability," she said. "This would change the foundation of what he's known. We planned to stay until he graduated high school."

Charles Tack, a spokesman for the state superintendent's office, said shuttering a school is a last resort.

He added that the department will work closely with parents to find alternative schools that fit their kids' needs.

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