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HCRS and Alternative School Merge

Springfield, Vt. — Kindle Farm School in Newfane, Vt., and Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently merged.

The two agencies have had a business partnership for several years, “providing for enhanced therapeutic services, programming and infrastructure at the school,” HCRS said in a news release last week.

The merger, recently approved by the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, will allow for increased financial stability for Kindle Farm and continued improvement of school services, according to the release.

“HCRS benefits through an enhancement of its continuum of care for children in our communities,” said the mental health agency, which serves residents of Windham and Windsor counties.

A year-round alternative school for boys in grades two to 12, Kindle Farm provides day programming for students who have struggled to find success in traditional classroom settings. Longtime Kindle Farm employee Dana Gordon-Macey will continue as program director.

The Vermont accredited school serves students from Windham and southern Windsor counties in Vermont and Cheshire and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. — Staff report