Northeast Middle School is a two story building and was designed with an elevator in mind. Amy Garrett, Northeast Middle School's guidance counselor, said until now, funding wasn't available for the elevator.
"This year, thanks to our board members and thanks to Lauderdale County Schools and Mr. Hodges, they committed a large amount of money to complete the elevator addition," said Garrett.
Garrett said the school was always handicap accessible. With the elevator and other additions, she said the school is now handicap friendly.
"So over the last few years we've added really exceptional ramps into every door. We've put ramps out the back so that the children aren't rolling across gravel to get to the bus," explained Garrett. "We bought equipment for visually impaired children. We've added equipment for hearing impaired children."
Garrett said the elevator is just the cherry on top.
"I guess the elevator would be the latest and the most exciting addition we've made lately."
Officials from Northeast Middle School said they want all students, disabled or not, to learn as much as possible. Students with physical disabilities have assistance in the classrooms as well.
"Most of the physically impaired children have an assistant that assists in giving them that accessibility to all areas of the building. If they have limitations with their writing or their vision, they make sure that they get every note that every other child is getting," said Garrett.
Garrett said children with disabilities typically do not learn the same way other kids do. She said that doesn't mean they can't learn the same things with the right accommodations.